Le­banese Army raises flag af­ter Daesh with­drawal

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BEIRUT: The Le­banese Army on Tues­day raised the na­tional flag on the high­est hills of a bar­ren area near the bor­der with Syria, where Daesh mil­i­tants were holed up be­fore their with­drawal ear­lier this week. The army com­mand said in a state­ment that it had scoured the area for ex­plo­sives fol­low­ing the re­treat of the mil­i­tants. “The Le­banese flags were raised on the … high­est peaks in the area, while spe­cial­ized units in the En­gi­neers Reg­i­ment sur­veyed the area in search of land mines, ex­plo­sive de­vices, and sus­pi­cious ob­jects left by the ter­ror­ists.” The de­ploy­ment came just af­ter the army was moved to deny re­ports claim­ing the res­ig­na­tion of the com­man­der of the mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion in the area, crit­i­ciz­ing the web­sites that pub­lished the news. Le­banon on Tues­day wit­nessed height­ened po­lit­i­cal ten­sions re­lat­ing to the mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion and re­cent con­fir­ma­tion that eight Le­banese sol­diers kid­napped by Daesh in 2014 had been killed. Hezbol­lah sup­port­ers ac­cused the gov­ern­ment of for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Tam­mam Salam and the Fu­ture Move­ment of pre­vent­ing the army from launch­ing a mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion to lib­er­ate the kid­napped sol­diers. Le­banese Prime Min­is­ter Saad Al-Hariri said on his Twitter ac­count that “Prime Min­is­ter Salam is higher than the reach of the prej­u­diced; we were, and still are, stand­ing by him. Enough is enough.” The Fu­ture Move­ment po­lit­i­cal move­ment de­nounced “the de­cep­tive stance of Hezbol­lah in the last phase of the con­fronta­tion, which the Le­banese army fought with high pro­fes­sion­al­ism against (Daesh).” The state­ment also crit­i­cized Hezbol­lah for se­cur­ing the with­drawal of Daesh mil­i­tants to Syria “with­out pun­ish­ing the killers of the Le­banese sol­diers.” By do­ing this, ac­cord­ing to the Fu­ture Move­ment, “Hezbol­lah revealed to the Le­banese peo­ple that it is only con­cerned about

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