Sunday, December 19, 2004

Syrian Redeployment

The prospect of a nuclear Iran may be making the most noise, but Syria has been producing the most concrete news for several months now. Yesterday they redeployed some of their forces in Lebanon, moving troops from the Beirut airport, and Hizbullah-dominated suburb, and somewhere in the country's north and placing them in the Bekaa Valley, disputed between Lebanon and Israel. The context is that Syria wants international acceptance of the relationship between Syria and Lebanon as one between two states regardless of UN resolutions that demand an end to foreign interference in Lebanon. Bilateral agreements between Syria and Syrian-dominated Lebanon call for Syria to move all forces in the Bekaa.


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