The Lebanese cabinet is offering a $250,000 reward for any information that would aid in the recovery of the Lebanese soldiers kidnapped by Daesh (ISIS). The Culture Minister, Ghattas Khoury, said:
“The Cabinet has decided, based on the recommendation of the president and the prime minister and in coordination with the Army leadership, to allocate $250,000 for anyone who provides information that would lead to discovering the fate of the kidnapped soldiers.”
In August 2014, Daesh and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Nusra Front) overran the Lebanese-Syrian border town of Arsal. More than 30 Lebanese soldiers and policemen were kidnapped. Many have been released while others have been killed in captivity. 9 soldiers are believed to be held hostage by Daesh still. We don’t know if the remaining soldiers are still alive or where they are being held – if even in Lebanon. We pray for their safe return and for the safety of the Lebanese army who stand in the way of terrorist organizations to keep us safe!