Children of slain Lebanese Army soldiers pose on a tank in the Mohammad Zogheib Barracks in the southern city of Sidon, marking Army Day, Monday, August 1, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Zaatari)
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Army chief Gen. Jean Kahwagi Monday commended the efforts of his troops to keep Lebanon's border safe and maintain civil peace inside the country.The Order is read aloud to troops by their officers in barracks across the country. As in the previous two Army Days, there was no ceremony held this year due to the presidential vacuum. ISIS and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham militants kidnapped more than 30 soldiers and policemen in Arsal in Aug. 2014 during a bloody battle with the army.Kahwagi also lamented that the presidential vacuum led to the cancellation of celebrations for the third consecutive year.
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