Lebanese soldiers in Islamic State captivity most likely dead

ISIS in Syria

ISIS in Syria

The Lebanese soldiers at the heart of negotiations with ISIS were kidnapped by the group in wake of clashes with the military after it and other militants overran in 2014 the northeastern border town of Arsal.

An army spokesman told The National that eight bodies had been recovered from territory retaken from ISIL and were being examined to see if they were any of the missing soldiers.

The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and the Syrian army, which are fighting the Islamic State group in the same area, have also announced cease-fires.

The armed forces launched their campaign against ISIS militants entrenched in the mountainous Jurud Ras Baalbek and Jurud al-Qaa areas on Lebanon's eastern border on August 19.

Senior officials of the Syrian troops repeatedly stated that they would not rest until they exterminate or capture the last terrorist within the Syrian-Lebanese territorial limits.

And condemning what he called Nasrallah's "use of the captive troops file to pressure the Lebanese government into holding official and public talks with the Syrian government", Geagea emphasized that "there can not be coordination with a regime that is more brutal than the IS group".

Mayadeen is an IS-held city near Syria's eastern border with Iraq. The surrender of the remains of the fighters by the extremists took place at the border crossing of Mira.

The terrorist organisation now controls just 40 square kilometres of land on the Syrian side and 20 on the Lebanese side, announced Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in a televised media briefing on Thursday.

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Hizballah has played a key role in fighting Sunni militants along the border during Syria's six-year war and has sent thousands of fighters to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

In a short military statement, the army said the approval comes after the defeat of IS in Qalamoun, where the terror-designated group was besieged by the army and Hezbollah fighters.

At the time of writing, there were no reports of ISIL fighters failing to respect submit to both ceasefires. Nine soldiers are believed to be still held by ISIS.

ISIL kidnapped 30 soldiers and policemen, of whom four were killed and one died of his wounds.

After months of fraught negotiations, Al-Nusra handed over 16 of the soldiers and police in December 2015 in exchange for the release of prisoners from Lebanese jails and delivery of aid. By late afternoon, however, there was still no word.

The operation came just a couple of weeks after Hezbollah and the Syrian army dislodged the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front from areas in western Qalamoun and the adjacent Juroud Arsal barrens on the Lebanese side of the border.

IS has claimed several attacks in Lebanon in recent years, including twin bombings in a densely populated Beirut suburb that killed 44 people. That deal required the Lebanese government to work with the Syrian government, with Mr Ibrahim, the head of Lebanese general security, helping to oversee it. They have lost most of that territory since the joint offensive began at the start of August. "We hope they all return to Syria".