Middle East Islamic State: Lebanon's own hostage crisis mirrors Western predicament

Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, both targets of US-led airstrikes in Syria, are holding more than 21 Lebanese police and soldiers. Three have already been killed, and the government is under fire from captives' relatives.

By , Correspondent

Reuters

A portrait of a youthful Mohammed Hamiyah gazes down at the ranks of burly bearded men with gnarled hands who sit on plastic chairs under an awning, chatting quietly and muttering prayers for the dead.