Relatives of the kidnapped servicemen attach Lebanese flags near a tent camp in Beirut, as they mark a year since the servicemen were taken hostages, Friday, July 31, 2015. (The Daily Star/Grace Kassab)
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Gen. Abbas Ibrahim said he will not abandon efforts to release 16 servicemen held by the Syria-based Nusra Front, no matter what obstacles the extremist group throws his way.Last-minute demands by the Nusra Front delayed a swap deal to release 16 Lebanese servicemen held by Nusra for over a year.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 over the release of the Lebanese servicemen, who have been held captive by the group in the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal for a year and four months.
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