File - FPM leader Michel Aoun speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Rabieh, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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High-ranking military sources warned that the Army must maintain its focus on the battle against jihadi militants, and not become distracted by the internal political dispute swirling around its top post.If a new Army commander is not appointed and neither Kahwagi nor Salman's terms are extended, the top post will be given by law to the oldest general in the military, according to information provided to The Daily Star.Sources close to Aoun said he has no choice but to fight for a new Army commander, even though he is aware that Moqbel will ultimately defer Kahwagi's retirement.The likelihood of such a move will not stop Aoun from citing the dangers of a term extension and communicating his concerns to his allies. According to sources, he has made a number of remarks on Kahwagi's performance and the situation of the Army, and is hoping his son-in-law Gen. Shamel Roukoz will become Army commander.
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