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The fate of nine Lebanese soldiers kidnapped by ISIL in August 2014 during an attack on Lebanese security forces in the northeastern border town of Arsal remains unknown.

The army has said the missing troops were its "top concern" in its offensive against an estimated 600 ISIL fighters in the hilly border region. Others hailed the deal and evacuation of the militants as a victory.

Syrian media say around 400 militants and their families are expected to be moved toward Deir el-Zour, a city in eastern Syria that is mostly controlled by ISIS. The sit-ins have been held since the soldiers were captured by ISIS in 2014.

Civil sources said that new ISIL-affiliated terrorist groups fled away from al-Bu Omar village, among them two of their leaders, terrorists Samir Dahham and Abdel Hamid al-Dairi.

A military source said Islamic State militants had "succumbed under fire and asked for negotiations". "This case. has regrettably been closed on a dark note". Most of those kidnapped were later released.

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Hezbollah Secretary-General Hasan Nasrallah on Thursday confirmed negotiations were being held with Daesh.

Al-Ikhbariya quoted an unnamed Syrian field commander as saying the militants have been driven out of some 200 square kilometres in Syria. 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. The new advances bring the pro-government troops about 65 km from the provincial capital, where Daesh militants have besieged government troops for years.

A week ago, the Lebanese army, operating on its side of the frontier, along with the Syrian army and allied Hezbollah militias fighting on Syrian territory, began a simultaneous offensive against the Islamic State in the border area, although neither side acknowledged that it was acting in concert.

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. It did not claim to have defeated the Islamic State. Aziz said the attack continued into the early hours of Sunday and was foiled, leaving the attackers killed and a number of SDF fighters injured.


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