Lebanese soldiers and UNIFIL peacekeepers compete in the first "Military Olympics", in Tyre. The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari
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The country gathered Sunday to celebrate ahead of the third annual Army Day on Aug. 1, but celebrations were dampened by the absence of a president and the failure to return nine kidnaped soldiers held by Daesh (ISIS).Daesh and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, formerly the Nusra Front, militants kidnapped more than 30 soldiers and policemen in Arsal in Aug. 2014 during clashes between the militants and the Army.Villages from the north to the south of Lebanon held celebrations Sunday for Army Day. In towns of Beino, Akkar, and Bziza, Koura, Army representatives, and local soldiers joined locals to place wreaths on Army memorials.
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