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Al-Sayyed's Body Handed Over to MSC, Any Swap 'Won't Involve' Convicts

The Muslim Scholars Committee was on Monday handed over the corpse of Sergeant Ali al-Sayyed who had been reportedly taken hostage by Islamic State militants, as the government seemed inclined to swap non-convicted Roumieh inmates for the security personnel who are still in the captivity of jihadist groups.

Al-Sayyed's body was handed over in the outskirts of the Bekaa border town of Arsal and the Red Cross transfered it to the military hospital in Beirut.

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Jumblat Calls for Swift Trial of Islamist Inmates to End Crisis

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat called on Monday for the swift trial of the Islamist gunmen to reduce tension in the country, rejecting any attempts to exchange the abducted security personnel with Islamist inmates.

He slammed the judiciary, considering if it didn't neglect the trials of the Islamist prisoners, it would have averted a crisis.

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Israeli Army Plants Spying Device on Border with Lebanon

An Israeli military unit erected on Monday a utility pole carrying spying equipment near the occupied Shebaa Farms area in the South, the state-run National News Agency reported.

The pole was placed at the Farms Gate near Berket al-Naqar, it said.

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Army Detains Eight Syrians as Crackdown on Refugees Continues

The army intelligence arrested on Monday eight Syrian refugees and referred them to the competent judiciary for questioning.

The state-run National News Agency reported that the army intelligence raided several places in the northern Koura district where Syrian refugee are residing.

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Salam Calls for 'Full Mobilization' to Combat Terrorism

Prime Minister Tammam Salam stressed on Monday the importance of fortifying Lebanon against the spread of extremism in the region, highlighting the need to combat terrorism and elect a new president.

He called for “full mobilization to fight terrorism, which should be a priority for us all.”

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Report: Hizbullah Kidnaps Nusra Front Members to Exchange with Arsal Captives

Hizbullah reportedly abducted three high-ranking members from the al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front, the Kuwaiti al-Rai newspaper reported on Monday.

According to sources, Hizbullah abducted the three officials in Syria's al-Qalamun region, where Hizbullah has been taking part in the fighting to aid President Bashar Assad's troops.

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Report: Lebanese, Syrian Fighters Heading to Iraq to Help IS and Set up Sleeper Cells in Lebanon

Lebanese nationals and Syrian refugees have traveled to Iraq to join the Islamic State group's fighters and to train there to set up terrorist cells in Lebanon, An Nahar daily reported on Monday.

The fighters have been traveling to Iraq since mid-June, the newspaper quoted informed officials as saying.

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Report: Nusra Front to Keep Shiite Hostages in Custody to Use as Pressure Tool

The al-Qaida-affiliated al-Nusra Front will reportedly keep the Shiite Lebanese hostages it had kidnapped last month in the northeastern border town of Arsal, al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Monday.

Sources told the newspaper that jihadists will soon free Sunni, Christian and Druze abductees but will keep the Shiites in their custody.

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Mashnouq in Moscow this Month as Qahwaji Sets Stage for Activation of Russian Military Grant

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq is expected to visit Moscow on September 18 to sign a deal to buy military equipment for the Internal Security Forces, al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Monday.

Lebanon will buy the equipment from a recently announced $1 billion Saudi grant to Lebanon, it said.

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Salam Warns against Strife, Rejects Sectarian Classifications

Prime Minister Tammam Salam expressed surprise at instigation campaigns carried out by certain parties over the case of Lebanese soldiers and security forces members taken captive by jihadists in the northeastern border town of Arsal.

In remarks to As Safir newspaper published on Monday, Salam warned against turning the issue into a “sectarian strife through irresponsible behavior.”

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