Officials and relatives of Lebanese captives seized 16 months ago celebrate their release by Al Qaeda's Syria wing, in exchange for jailed Islamists. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
A homecoming in Lebanon. Captives seized some 16 months ago have been released by Al Qaeda's Syria wing in exchange for jailed Islamists, including the ex-wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The Nusra Front seized the Lebanese 16 months ago during an attack on a Lebanese border town, mounted together with Islamic State -- which is still believed to be holding nine soldiers. Lebanese Prime Minister Tamman Salam. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LEBANESE PRIME MINISTER TAMMAM SALAM SAYING: "Let everybody know that we still have a big goal ahead of us that is a challenge to us all, which concerns the rest of our dear soldiers still in captivity. We must strive to liberate them and get good results for Lebanon, the Lebanese, the unity of the country and the unity of our decision." The exchange was brokered by Qatar. A previous effort to secure their release broke down a year ago after one of the captives was killed. The Qatar National News Agency said the successful mediation followed a request from the Lebanese government.