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Lebanon says Syrian Pullback to Begin Monday

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Lebanon says Syria will begin re-deploying troops Monday from coastal and central Lebanon to the Bekaa Valley near the Syrian border. Lebanese Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Mrad said troops will begin moving immediately after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and pro-Syrian Lebanese President Emile Lahoud confer in Damascus. Syria came under renewed international pressure to withdraw, after the February 14 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The Lebanese opposition blames Beirut and Damascus for the killing, but both governments deny involvement. Syria has not announced when the pullback will be completed, and has not said whether its estimated 14,000 troops in Lebanon will fully withdraw from the country. The White House has objected to the lack of a withdrawal timetable, and a White House advisor (Dan Bartlett) said today the international community is not going to accept what he called half measures from Damascus.
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