Over the past week, Syria has withdrawn 2,000 troops from Lebanon in an attempt to help end the 29 year occupation. Next week, a Syrian/Lebanese
committee will meet to discuss withdrawing the 8,000 remaining troops.
About 2,000 Syrian troops have pulled out of eastern Lebanon over the past week, a senior Lebanese security source said on Monday, bringing Syria a
step closer to ending its 29-year military domination of Lebanon.
The source said small units in the eastern Bekaa Valley were going home, leaving behind a division of the Syrian army as well as scores of
A Syrian-Lebanese military committee is due to meet next week to set a timeline for withdrawing the 8,000 remaining forces.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said he expects Syria to complete the pull out before general elections due in May.
Facing immense international pressure and popular Lebanese protest, Syria has promised to withdraw all military personnel, intelligence agents and
equipment it poured into Lebanon early in the country's 1975-1990 civil war.
Damascus has completed the first stage of a two-phase withdrawal plan, pulling back to the Bekaa Valley and withdrawing more than a third of the
14,000 troops it kept in its tiny neighbour.
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A full withdrawal is not expected until May, however this is a big step in the right direction. This news comes shortly after yesterday's release of
a video tape that has been said to show the final moments before Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri's assassination.
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