Hezbollah fighters stand guard as militants leave in buses on the outskirts of Arsal. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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As Al-Qaeda's remnants in Lebanon were all but erased with the departure of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham militants to Syria Wednesday, all eyes are now on Daesh (ISIS) as the battle to rid terrorism from Lebanon once and for all edges ever nearer.Hezbollah fighters, Syrian Red Crescent and Lebanese Red Cross teams escorted 116 buses driving 7,777 Syrian nationals, including militants and their families, from Arsal region to the Syrian border to the east.Abou Malek Al-Talleh, Jabhat Fatah al-Sham's commander in Lebanon, and 1,116 militant fighters were among the passengers bound for Syria.Once the buses arrive at the agreed location, five Hezbollah members who were detained by militants in 2015 in Tallet al-Iss, on the outskirts of Aleppo, will be freed. The release of Hezbollah's fighters will complete the cease-fire deal with Jabhat Fatah al-Sham. Before the last phase of the deal could be implemented, three Jabhat Fatah al-Sham militants who had been held in Lebanon's notorious Roumieh Prison were exchanged for three Hezbollah fighters taken captive during the Arsal offensive.
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