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4/25/2005

Syria Troops End 29 Years in Lebanon

Filed under: — Gunner @ 12:19 am

It wasn’t UN pressure. It was the demands of the Lebanese people that killed the beast of the lengthy Syrian occupation.

Syrian troops burned documents and dismantled military posts before they finished their effective withdrawal from Lebanon on Sunday, ending 29 years of military presence in the country.

A few score Syrian troops are to remain in Lebanon for a farewell ceremony that the Lebanese Army plans to hold Tuesday in Rayak, a few kilometers from the Syrian border.

At Syria’s last major garrison in Lebanon, 15 tanks rolled on to flatbed trucks, ready for the drive home on Sunday. Soldiers burned papers, knocked down walls and loaded ammunition on to trucks at the base outside the town of Deir el-Ahmar in the Bekaa Valley.

In Damascus, the Syrian capital, a government official said: “Within the next few hours, all the troops will be out of Lebanon.”

“What will be left are those who will take part in the official farewell” on Tuesday, the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Syria had vowed to pull out of Lebanon by April 30, in line with a United Nations Security Council resolution, but its forces will be out about four days early.

The Syrians entered Lebanon in 1976, ostensibly as peacekeepers in the year-old civil war. After the war ended in 1990, 40,000 Syrian troops remained in Lebanon, giving Damascus the decisive say in Lebanese politics.

Syria began withdrawing from Lebanon last month following international and Lebanese pressure in the wake of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on Feb. 14.

Make no mistake — Syrian intrusion in Lebanon is by no means over.

2 responses to “Syria Troops End 29 Years in Lebanon”

  1. Syrian Troops Out of Lebanon
    After 29 years, the people of Lebanon have successfully risen up against their oppressors. It rocks to see freedom on the march.

    Via Target Centermass, who is now on the blogroll.

  2. Raven says:

    It’s about time…

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