We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us. – Winston Churchill

A Lebanese policeman who was captured by the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in Arsal, hugs a family member as he celebrates upon returning to Beirut. Al Qaeda's Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, released 16 Lebanese soldiers and policemen held captive since August, 2014 on Tuesday in a Qatari-mediated deal that also secured freedom for a jailed ex-wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)
A Lebanese policeman who was captured by the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in Arsal, hugs a family member as he celebrates upon returning to Beirut. Al Qaeda’s Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, released 16 Lebanese soldiers and policemen held captive since August, 2014 on Tuesday in a Qatari-mediated deal that also secured freedom for a jailed ex-wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)
Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front fighters carry weapons on the back of pick-up trucks during the release of Lebanese soldiers and policemen in Arsal, eastern Bekaa Valley. (REUTERS / Stringer)
Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front fighters carry weapons on the back of pick-up trucks during the release of Lebanese soldiers and policemen in Arsal, eastern Bekaa Valley. (REUTERS / Stringer)
Relatives of Lebanese policemen and soldiers who were kidnapped by the militants Al-Nusra Front, celebrate their release, in front the Government palace in Beirut. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)
Relatives of Lebanese policemen and soldiers who were kidnapped by the militants Al-Nusra Front, celebrate their release, in front the Government palace in Beirut. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)
Members of Lebanon’s security forces, who were kidnapped by jihadist groups in early August 2014 in the eastern border town of Arsal, pose for a picture with Lebanese Prime Minister Tamam Salam (C) and government officials during a ceremony at the government's palace in downtown Beirut following their release. (AFP / STR)
Members of Lebanon’s security forces, who were kidnapped by jihadist groups in early August 2014 in the eastern border town of Arsal, pose for a picture with Lebanese Prime Minister Tamam Salam (C) and government officials during a ceremony at the government’s palace in downtown Beirut following their release. (AFP / STR)
Minister Wael Bou Faour sharing some weets with the relatives of the abducted Lebanese soldiers, who were released after an exchange deal made between Lebanon and Al-Nusra Front. (RATIB AL SAFADI / ANADOLU AGENCY)
Minister Wael Bou Faour eating some sweets with the relatives of the abducted Lebanese soldiers, who were released after an exchange deal made between Lebanon and Al-Nusra Front. (RATIB AL SAFADI / ANADOLU AGENCY)
Irish Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire (L), Lebanese Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hassan (2-L) and peace activists from various nationalities pray during their visit to the site of a twin suicide attack on 12 November in the Bourj al-Barajneh suburb of Beirut. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
Irish Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire (L), Lebanese Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hassan (2-L) and peace activists from various nationalities pray during their visit to the site of a twin suicide attack on 12 November in the Bourj al-Barajneh suburb of Beirut. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
Climate change supporters hold banners during the Global People's Climate March in Beirut. The UN Conference on Climate Change talks to be held in Paris later this week, with the key outcome for a legally binding agreement on climate change. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
Climate change supporters hold banners during the Global People’s Climate March in Beirut. The UN Conference on Climate Change talks to be held in Paris later this week, with the key outcome for a legally binding agreement on climate change. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
A Lebanese woman throws flowers at members of Lebanon's militant movement Hezbollah as they carry the coffin of Ali Tanana, who was reportedly killed during battles in Syria's northern city of Aleppo, during his funeral ceremony in the southern Lebanese city of Saksakieh. (MAHMOUD ZAYYAT / AFP)
A Lebanese woman throws flowers at members of Lebanon’s militant movement Hezbollah as they carry the coffin of Ali Tanana, who was reportedly killed during battles in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, during his funeral ceremony in the southern Lebanese city of Saksakieh. (MAHMOUD ZAYYAT / AFP)
Construction experts take pictures as they inspect the damage under a bridge where a temporary dump was set on fire by unknown culprits on Wednesday in Jounieh. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)
Construction experts take pictures as they inspect the damage under a bridge where a temporary dump was set on fire by unknown culprits in Jounieh. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)
Christmas trees stand in the world's oldest port, in the centre of the historical Lebanese city of Byblos, north of the capital Beirut. (PATRICK BAZ / AFP)
Christmas trees stand in the world’s oldest port, in the center of the historical Lebanese city of Byblos, north of the capital Beirut. (PATRICK BAZ / AFP)
Lebanese protesters hold placards and pose for a picture during a march from Horsh Beirut, the capital's urban park, to downtown Beirut, organized by civil society groups in protest against the country's ongoing trash crisis and to demand a solution for electricity cut offs and water shortage. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)
Lebanese protesters hold placards and pose for a picture during a march from Horsh Beirut, the capital’s urban park, to downtown Beirut, organized by civil society groups in protest against the country’s ongoing trash crisis and to demand a solution for electricity cut offs and water shortage. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)
Visitors look at books during the 59th annual Beirut International Book Fair in Beirut. (RATIB AL SAFADI / ANADOLU AGENCY)
Visitors look at books during the 59th annual Beirut International Book Fair in Beirut. (RATIB AL SAFADI / ANADOLU AGENCY)
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