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Lebanon's Higher Defense Council gave the green light Tuesday to the Lebanese Army's planned action against Daesh (ISIS) in a northeastern border area, as attempts to discover the fate of servicemen captured by militants in 2014 stalled.President Michel Aoun chaired the meeting ahead of the anticipated Army operation to drive Daesh out of the outskirts of Ras Baalbeck and Al-Qaa. The door to negotiations ahead of the imminent battle has not been closed, however local station MTV reported that Army commander Gen. Joseph Aoun informed the council there would be no negotiations with Daesh until more information on the nine Army soldiers presumed to be in their captivity is known. Gen. Saadallah Hamid, said the council confirmed its commitment to conducting a successful military operation against Daesh.Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah last Friday said that Hezbollah would back the Army once it launched its operations against Daesh.Aoun met separately with the General Security chief.
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