An Army vehicle escorts an aid convoy as it leaves the town of Arsal. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)
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Last minute demands by the Nusra Front delayed a swap deal to release 16 Lebanese servicemen held by the Al-Qaeda-linked extremist group for over a year, but the General Security said Sunday night that talks to win their freedom have not totally collapsed.A potential swap deal has been on the horizon in Lebanon since Friday evening, when the Lebanese government and the Nusra Front appeared to be having heated negotiations to release the Lebanese servicemen, who have been held captive by the group in the outskirts of Arsal for a year and four months.The Nusra Front and ISIS captured 30 servicemen in August 2014 after briefly overrunning Arsal.Nusra is holding 16 servicemen.
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