File - General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim attends a drill in Hamat, Thursday, April 18, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Western intelligence is urging Lebanese officials not to accept a prisoner swap deal in exchange for Lebanese servicemen held by the Nusra Front, warning this might have long-term consequences for state security, security sources told The Daily Star. As news of positive developments stream in from Lebanese parties involved in the talks, sources said Western intelligence is involved in the deal being hatched between the government and the jihadi group, with the goal of ensuring a swap to exchange the hostages for detainees in Lebanese prisons does not occur. Certain Lebanese officials have responded to the warnings of Western intelligence, some going as far as cautioning about the consequences the swap deal could have.Gen. Abbas Ibrahim stressed last week that talks to release the Lebanese servicemen, who were captured in August when ISIS and the Nusra Front briefly overran the border town of Arsal, were on the right track.
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