General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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There will be no negotiations conducted with Daesh (ISIS) militants until the fates of captured Lebanese soldiers are known, General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim said Thursday, according to state media.Following Hezbollah's recent week-long offensive against Jabhat Fatah al-Sham positions on the outskirts of Arsal – which concluded last Thursday with a cease-fire deal – the Lebanese Army sent troops to areas bordering Daesh-controlled regions adjacent to the towns of Al-Qaa and Ras Baalbeck.Daesh militants captured over 30 soldiers and policemen when they briefly overran Arsal, along with Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, in August 2014 .
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