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Lebanese Army Finds Remains Believed to be Missing Soldiers Killed by IS

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Relatives of Lebanese soldiers, who were captured by Islamist militants, are seen in their sit-in tent in Beirut, Lebanon, Aug. 27, 2017.

The Lebanese army says it has found human remains believed to belong to troops kidnapped by Islamic State forces three years ago near the Syrian border.

The announcement came after the Lebanese army announced a unilateral cease-fire in its fight against the IS group along the border.

A statement from the army Sunday said the cease-fire began at 0400 UTC in order to allow for negotiations linked to the fate of nine Lebanese soldiers kidnapped in August 2014.

FILE - Lebanese army soldiers gesture as they sit on their military vehicles in the town of Ras Baalbek, Lebanon, Aug. 21, 2017.
FILE - Lebanese army soldiers gesture as they sit on their military vehicles in the town of Ras Baalbek, Lebanon, Aug. 21, 2017.

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.

Thirty Lebanese soldiers and police were kidnapped when Islamic State militants took control of the Lebanese border town of Arsal three years ago. Four were killed by IS, a fifth died of his wounds and 16 were released in a prisoner swap in December 2015.

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