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July 09, 1986

Syrian-backed Lebanese troops and police assumed security duties at Beirut's international airport as part of a plan brokered by Syria to end militia anarchy in West Beirut. According to security sources, police and army units, joined by elite Syrian troops deployed in the capital since last week, also extended patrols into four neighborhoods dominated by militiamen of the fundamentalist Shia Muslim militia called Hezbollah (Party of God). The pro-Iranian group has refused to take part in the security agreement, reached last month.

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