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SYRIA COMPLETES TROOP WITHDRAWAL

Syria's 29-year military presence in Lebanon ended today when the last Syrian soldiers remaining in the country crossed back over the border, completing a withdrawal brought about by international pressure and massive Lebanese street protests.

The Syrians entered Lebanon in 1976, ostensibly as peacekeepers in Lebanon's civil war. The war ended in 1990, but Syrian troops remained.

Syria has gradually pulled out 14,000 troops over the last two months.

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