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Authorities in Lebanon and Syria declare cease-fire with Islamic State in border region

Authorities in Lebanon and Syria declare cease-fire with Islamic State in border region

A cease-fire was declared Sunday on both sides of the Lebanon-Syria border, officials said, pausing attacks on Islamic State to allow the transfer of the militants out of the area and recover what were thought to be the remains of kidnapped Lebanese soldiers.

The announcement came after a weeklong offensive by the Lebanese army to oust the Sunni Muslim extremists from their last bastion in the wildlands near Ras Baalbek, a Lebanese border village.

At the same time, the Syrian army, backed by irregulars from the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah, launched its own campaign against Islamic State on the other side of the border.

A communique Sunday from the Lebanese army...

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