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Lebanon Holds State Funeral for Slain Soldiers

Lebanon bid farewell on Friday to ten of its soldiers captured and executed by the Islamic State extremist group, after DNA tests matched the identities of the servicemen who disappeared during battles with the group in 2014.

A state funeral was held during a national day of mourning at the Defense Ministry.

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Hariri Chairs Cabinet Meeting, Holds Minute of Silence in Memory of Slain Soldiers

The cabinet held a minute's silence ahead of its session on Thursday in honor of the country's soldiers killed by the Islamic State extremist group.

The remains of the soldiers were retrieved last week from the northeastern border town of Arsal. DNA tests revealed on Wednesday that the samples have matched the identifies of the servicemen.

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Syria Army Says Israel Strikes Military Facility from Lebanese Airspace

Syria's army said Israeli air strikes on Thursday killed two people at a military facility in the country's west, and that the missiles were fired from Lebanon's air space.

The army said the air raid targeted a facility near the western town of Masyaf, close to the Mediterranean coast, a stronghold of President Bashar Assad.

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Murr Receives INTERPOL Delegation, Talks Focus on Combating Terrorism, Army Support

Combating terrorism, strengthening the global anti-terrorism strategy and providing support for the Lebanese army were the focus of discussions between head of the INTERPOL Foundation for a Safer World Michel el-Murr and a delegation from the INTERPOL leadership, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Thursday.

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Hizbullah Hails Syrian Breach of IS Siege

Hizbullah, whose fighters are among Iranian-backed forces pushing toward Syria's Deir Ezzor, congratulated Wednesday the Syrian leadership for breaching a siege by the Islamic State group on parts of the eastern city.

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Families of Slain Soldiers Reject Mashnouq's Presence at Funeral

Families of soldiers slain by the Islamic State extremist group said on Wednesday that Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq need not attend the funeral ceremony of their sons on Friday because of positions he made back in 2014, LBCI reported Wednesday.

“We asked the Army Command, the Defense Minister (Yaacoub al-Sarraf) and PM Saad Hariri not to let Mashnouq attend the funeral processions because of his positions in 2014,” families of the soldiers told LBCI.

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Hariri Calls for UN, Security Council Intervention to End Myanmar's Rohingya Suffering

Prime Minister Saad Hariri urged on Wednesday the United Nations and Security Council for an urgent intervention to end violence against the the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar.

“The tragedy of the Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar calls for a conscientious position of the International Community,” said Hariri in a tweet.

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DNA Results Match Identities of Soldiers

Lebanese army chief General Joseph Aoun on Wednesday informed relatives of servicemen slain by the Islamic State extremist organization that DNA tests have matched the remains of bodies retrieved last week from the outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal.

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Berri: Parliament to Address Tax Law after Constitutional Council's Decision, By-Elections May Rest in Peace

Speaker Nabih Berri said on Wednesday that the parliament awaits for the Constitutional Council's decision as for “amending or annulling the tax hike law” after which the legislative assembly will approach the file, al-Joumhouria daily reported.

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Army Command Says DNA Results of Slain Servicemen Wednesday

The Army Command announced on Tuesday that the official DNA results conducted to determine whether nine bodies found near the eastern border belong to Lebanese troops abducted and killed by the Islamic State group will be released on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.

Meanwhile, LBCI reported that DNA tests have matched samples of Abbas Medlej and Khodr Yahya.

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