Wadha al-Sayyed, wife of captive Lebanese soldier Khaled Moqbel, carries a tyre to a fire blocking a road, as she protests for his release and government action, in Beirut, December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Hasan Shaaban
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Despite the chaos surrounding the case of the captured servicemen, to date no marked progress has been made on this tough issue.The file is now frozen, according to a security source, with no initiatives put forward except for the government's attempts to secure a guarantee that no more captives will be killed. There have been a number of rumors about who the Lebanese negotiator is, but one of the members of the Cabinet's crisis committee, set up to deal with the captives' case, confirmed that the head of General Security, Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, is still the official negotiator for the country. He also said that the committee was still following up on the file, and noted that ISIS and the Nusra Front were blackmailing the government by using the families' anger and threatening to kill the personnel, then backing down again. It seems that ISIS and the Nusra Front's demands for a prisoner release are not real, and they are not planning to actually release the 25 soldiers and policemen they are holding hostage.
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