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Syrian Withdrawal from Lebanon to be Completed Soon

By VOA News 23 April 2005
23 April 2005

Lebanese officials say Syria's military and intelligence withdrawal from Lebanon will be complete ahead of schedule, within the next two days.

There were conflicting reports of the exact timing. A Lebanese military official said Saturday the pullout would be complete by Sunday, while a security official said it would be in the next 48 hours.

Last week, Syria said the last of its 14,000 troops would be out of Lebanon by Tuesday.

Saturday, a large number of Syrian troops left positions in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa Valley.

As Syria prepares to end its 29-year presence in Lebanon, thousands of Maronite Christians marched in the mountains north of Beirut calling for the release of imprisoned anti-Syrian warlord Samir Geagea.

Jailed in 1994, Geagea is serving multiple life sentences for crimes committed during Lebanon's civil war.

Some information proided by AP.



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