Ceasefire halts Syria-Lebanon border fight against Islamic State

Ceasefire halts Syria-Lebanon border fight against Islamic StateBy Ellen Francis BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese soldiers in Islamic State captivity since 2014 are almost certainly dead, a senior security official said on Sunday, just hours after the army announced a ceasefire to hold talks over their fate. The ceasefire halted the fighting in an Islamic State enclave at the Syria-Lebanon border, where the militants have been battling the Lebanese army on one front and Hezbollah with Syrian troops on the other. Islamic State has held nine Lebanese soldiers captive since 2014, when it briefly overran the border town of Arsal with other militants – one of the worst spillovers of the Syrian conflict.



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