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March 1, 2005

Lebanese urge Syrian troops to leave

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

Elated at forcing out Lebanon's pro-Damascus government, flag-waving, singing protesters crowded downtown Beirut on Tuesday, as Syrian President Bashar Assad indicated he would withdraw Syria's 15,000 troops from Lebanon "maybe in the next few months. "

Russia joined Egypt and Saudi Arabia in trying to persuade Syria to withdraw all its troops, and Assad told Time magazine that the troops would be out "maybe in the next few months. Not after that." The troops were originally deployed during Lebanon's 1975-90 civil war -- ostensibly as peacekeepers -- and Syria has held sway over Lebanese politics ever since.

The Lebanese opposition called for nightly protests to demand an end to Syrian control and the capture of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's assassins.

Posted by Hyscience at March 1, 2005 9:26 PM



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