Qatar negotiating release of captured Lebanon troops

The Qatari delegation has been in Arsal since Thursday morning, an IS leader in Al-Qalamoun said.

Qatar negotiating release of captured Lebanon troops

World Bulletin / News Desk

A leader of the self-styled 'Islamic State' (IS) group in the northern Lebanese town of Al-Qalamoun said on Friday that a Qatari delegation was currently negotiating the release of Lebanese soldiers captured by the group in early August.

The group leader, however, accused members of the Qatari delegation of "quibbling" over details, holding them responsible for the captured troops' safety.

"The Qatari delegation has been in Arsal since Thursday morning," the group leader, insisting on anonymity, told Anadolu Agency over the internet.

The Qatari delegation, he said, had been commissioned by the Lebanese government to negotiate the captured soldiers' release.

Earlier this month, fierce clashes erupted between Lebanese troops and militants affiliated with Syria's armed opposition in Arsal, a Lebanese village on the Syrian border.

The clashes left 17 Lebanese troops dead and several injured, while militants also succeeded in capturing a number of Lebanese soldiers.

Of these captured troops, ten are reportedly held by the Islamic State and 18 by the Al-Nusra Front, another Islamist movement fighting the ruling regime in neighboring Syria.

Last Mod: 05 Eylül 2014, 16:54
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