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January 21, 1986

Syrian-backed Lebanese militias fired on Christian mountain positions and massed their forces near confrontation lines as their Muslim leaders moved to politically isolate the government of Presiden Amin Gemayel. Military sources said the Muslims have not yet decided whether to mount an all-out offensive against the Christian president, whom they blame for the collapse of a Syrian-brokered peace pact intended to end 11 years of civil strife.

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