Nusra, ISIS holding Lebanese captives appoint new mediator for negotiations

Published December 14th, 2014 - 02:12 GMT

The kidnappers of Lebanon's 25 captive soldiers and policemen have appointed a new mediator to conduct negotiations with the government, Al-Jadeed television reported Sunday.

The channel, citing unnamed sources, said the Nusra Front and ISIS selected Sheikh Wissam Masri last Wednesday to communicate their demands to Lebanon.

The news came a week after Qatar withdrew its mediator who had been tasked with the negotiations.

Al-Jadeed said Masri had delivered new demands by the captors to Lebanese intelligence agencies, but that the government had not yet responded. The new demands include the release of the ex-wife of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the wife of ISIS commander Anas Sharkas, better known by his nom-de-guerre Abu Ali al-Shishani.

Nusra and ISIS are still holding at least 25 servicemen hostage on the outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal.

 


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