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Syria Withdrawing From Lebanon

Mon Mar 14, 2005 12:43 pm

Syrian troops were invited into Lebanon in 1976 by the Lebanese to try to restore order and were part of the Arab Deterrant Force which lasted only a couple years. The decision recieved international approval.

However many in Lebanon during the civil war and after the civil war called for the Syrian troops to withdraw.

The US and France especially pushed Syria to enter Lebanon and in 1990, George Bush Sr. affirmed the US stance regarding Syrian presence in Lebanon in an effort to get Syria to join the US coalition against Iraq. This move angered and furiated many Lebanese.

The Taif Accord ending the civil war was signed in 1989 in Taif, Saudi Arabia and it called for all Syrian troops to withdraw to the Bekaa Valley within 2 years, while a full withdrawal would be discussed between the governments. This is where the agreement failed as it did not set any deadline for a Syrian withdrawal.

Syria however did shift many of its troops to the Bekaa Valley.

Following the end of Israeli occupation in the south in May 2000 thanks to years of fighting by Hezbollah, many Lebanese started speaking out calling for the end to Syrian interference in Lebanese political affairs and troop withdrawal.

Syrian troops had numbered 35,000. Since the Israeli withdrawl in May 2000, Syrian troop numbers dropped to 22,000 then to 18,000 then to 16,000 and then the last withdrawal which was done in mid-last year reduced them to 14,000.

During talks with UN envoy Terje Roed-Larsen on March 12, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and various Lebanese officials confirmed a two-stage Syrian withdrawl.

The first stage would call for the complete redeployment of Syrian forces to the Bekaa Valley in the east with many withdrawing, while the second stage would call for the withdrawl of the remaining forces based in Bekaa Valley.

During the past week, Syria has withdrawn 4,000 troops completely ending its presence in northern Lebanon and redeployed another 4,000 in the Bekaa Valley in addition to the existing 6,000 troops in the Bekaa Valley.

So that means Syrian troop numbers are now 10,000 and are expected to withdraw by the end of the month.

The first stage has been completed two days ahead of schedule.

The second stage is expected to be completed by April 27.

The 1,000 Syrian intelligence officers remain, but it is said that they will withdraw during the second stage. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to shut down the Syrian intelligence headquarters in Beirut by April 1.

Read more about the withdrawal here:
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article....n_id=1&categ_id=2&article_id=13410

The Lebanese Army had splintered during the civil war and when the war ended, it had remained nothing but fragments. Since that time however, the Lebanese Army has grown into one solid force and now has 72,000 troops.

For more information on the Lebanese Army, visit their official website here:
http://www.lebarmy.gov.lb

Here are press photos of the Syrian withdrawal from the past two weeks:

























































A Syrian truck passing a Lebanese Army checkpoint:


















A Syrian truck passing by a Rafik Hariri memorial poster:






A Lebanese Army soldier guarding the areas where the Syrians are withdrawing approaches the media photographer telling them not to photograph:





Syrian soldiers repairing a truck that brokedown:








Entrance of a Syrian base:


















A military convoy:


Entrance of a Syrian base:






















Syrian trucks pulling artillery passing Lebanese Army checkpoints:




















A Syrian outpost taken over by the Lebanese Army with the soldier trying to tell the photographers to go away:


The Lebanese Army taking over a former Syrian outpost:


A Syrian truck leaving the mountainous town of Falugha with a sign bidding them good bye:










Syrian trucks on there way to Damascus:


Approaching the Syrian border. "Frontiere Syrienne" is French for Syrian border.


On the Beirut-Damascus highway:






Lebanese soldiers taking over a former Syrian outpost:


On the Beirut-Damascus highway:












Leaving Lebanon's 2nd largest city, Tripoli in the north:
















Syrian armored vehicles lined up:






Syrian trucks passing a Lebanese soldier:










A Syrian convoy:


A Lebanese soldier guiding a student to cross the street as Syrian army trucks approach:


Syrian soldiers filling water containers from a stream near the rode:






Snow in the town of Falougha as Syrian soldiers get ready to leave:








Pro-Syrian Lebanese greeting Syrian trucks as they reach the Masna'a border crossing:




Syrian troops being cheered as they arrive back in their homeland:



















Here are photos of the 72,000-man Lebanese Army which has built itself up greatly over the past 10 years:

















































































































































































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RE: Syria Withdrawing From Lebanon

Mon Mar 14, 2005 12:49 pm

Jesus Christ, BA, nice waste of bandwith, showing a gazillion pictures. Why don't you cut it down so someone doesn't age 100 years looking at the freaking thing?

And many of those pictures don't look like a "withdrawl". Some look like footage of troops doing things other than redeployment.

And besides, last I checked, Syria wasn't withdrawing, they were redeploying back into the Bekka. Did I miss somthing?

But again-cut out a few million of those pics. That's just ridiculous.
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RE: Syria Withdrawing From Lebanon

Mon Mar 14, 2005 12:53 pm

Well that's good news. Hopefully the full withdrawal will come very soon.

Too bad the pro-Syria PM is still around.
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RE: Syria Withdrawing From Lebanon

Mon Mar 14, 2005 12:54 pm

Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 2):
Jesus Christ, BA, nice waste of bandwith, showing a gazillion pictures. Why don't you cut it down so someone doesn't age 100 years looking at the freaking thing?

Sorry got carried away.

Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 2):
And many of those pictures don't look like a "withdrawl". Some look like footage of troops doing things other than redeployment.

And besides, last I checked, Syria wasn't withdrawing, they were redeploying back into the Bekka. Did I miss somthing?

Apparantly you haven't been following the news lately.

4,000 troops have so far withdrawn completely and numbers are now down to 10,000 which are expected to withdraw by April 27.

UN envoy Terje Roed-Larsen confirmed it from his visit yesterday.

Quoting Tbar220 (Reply 3):
Too bad the pro-Syria PM is still around.

The pro-Syrian PM isn't who we are concerned about. It is the president.
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RE: Syria Withdrawing From Lebanon

Mon Mar 14, 2005 12:55 pm

Who has more power, PM or President? Is the President still pro-Syria?
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RE: Syria Withdrawing From Lebanon

Mon Mar 14, 2005 12:58 pm

Good Pics.Maybe a link would have been easier to hook up to.
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RE: Syria Withdrawing From Lebanon

Mon Mar 14, 2005 12:58 pm

Quoting Tbar220 (Reply 5):
Who has more power, PM or President? Is the President still pro-Syria?

The President, he's the one who appoints the PM, and yes he is extremely pro-Syrian.
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RE: Syria Withdrawing From Lebanon

Mon Mar 14, 2005 1:00 pm

4,000 troops have so far withdrawn completely and numbers are now down to 10,000 which are expected to withdraw by April 27.

That is good to hear. I still am a little skeptical that Syria will do it, but I am cautiously optimistic.
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RE: Syria Withdrawing From Lebanon

Mon Mar 14, 2005 1:00 pm

Dear Lebanon,

You can send your "Thank You" notes to the following address:

George W. Bush
Office of the Presidency
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20050

Regards.

P.S. Edit this post and take out the 165 pictures.
 
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RE: Syria Withdrawing From Lebanon

Mon Mar 14, 2005 1:02 pm

N5176Y,

ROFL, I hope you are joking, Bush had absolutely nothing to do with the Syrian withdrawal.

The Lebanese have been demanding Syrian withdrawal for more than 15 years at a time when the US was SUPPORTING the Syrian presence.

Please read this article:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A22109-2005Mar9.html
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RE: Syria Withdrawing From Lebanon

Mon Mar 14, 2005 4:54 pm

Glad to see some progress . . .

Could have done without a couple hundred pictures . . .
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RE: Syria Withdrawing From Lebanon

Mon Mar 14, 2005 6:11 pm

It's unbelievable what's going on the streets of Beirut at this very moment! Thousands and thousands of people with Lebanese flags are heading to Martyr's square.

I can see from my office window, it's like a big celebration.
 
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RE: Syria Withdrawing From Lebanon

Mon Mar 14, 2005 9:25 pm

Quoting BA (Reply 4):
Sorry got carried away.

Understatement of the year Big grin

Quoting N5176Y (Reply 9):
Dear Lebanon,

You can send your "Thank You" notes to the following address:

George W. Bush
Office of the Presidency
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20050

Regards.

Thanks for what, exactly? Bush has had nothing to do with Syria withdrawing.

Quoting OD720 (Reply 12):
It's unbelievable what's going on the streets of Beirut at this very moment! Thousands and thousands of people with Lebanese flags are heading to Martyr's square.

Is it a pro or anti Syria protest?
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RE: Syria Withdrawing From Lebanon

Mon Mar 14, 2005 9:30 pm

You sure you used enough pics?  Wink
And what has the Bushter got to do with any of this?
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