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January 12, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
An Israeli tank fired on a village in southern Lebanon and killed an Irish U.N. soldier, officials said Sunday. The U.N. commander protested to Israel, and Ireland said it will reconsider its peacekeeping role. A spokesman for the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon--UNIFIL--said the Irish contingent had fired flares to warn the Israelis to stop firing on the village of Braachit six miles north of the border Saturday night, but the Israelis persisted, killing Cpl.
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June 18, 2001 | From Reuters
Syria will pull all its troops out of Beirut within 48 hours, Lebanese security sources said Sunday, extending a pullback that follows a Christian campaign against Syria's domination of Lebanon. Syria has moved troops out of at least 12 major bases and several other smaller positions since Thursday, an apparent concession to complaints from Lebanon's Maronite Christians about the presence of about 30,000 Syrian troops in the country.
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February 20, 1987 | Associated Press
Druze militiamen drove Shia Muslim fighters from the Hamra commercial district Thursday and controlled three-fourths of Muslim West Beirut after five days of house-to-house fighting that cost at least 100 lives, police reported. A Shia religious leader called the battle for supremacy "collective suicide." Police said 375 people were wounded in the fighting between the Shia Amal militia and a leftist alliance the Druze formed with Lebanese Communist Party gunmen.
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September 20, 2000 | Associated Press
Lebanese army troops deployed in the Christian district of Jezzine on Tuesday for the first time since Israeli-allied militiamen abandoned the enclave more than a year ago, Lebanese security officials said. Starting at dawn, about 200 soldiers of the 11th Lebanese Army Brigade erected fortifications and took up three positions in and around the enclave, including the former headquarters of the Israeli-allied South Lebanon Army, or SLA.
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September 23, 1988 | ROBIN WRIGHT, Times Staff Writer
Attempting to head off a constitutional crisis, Lebanese President Amin Gemayel on Thursday announced the formation of a provisional military government to replace him at the end of his six-year term at midnight. But the new government appeared to be stillborn. And the failure of Muslim religious and political leaders to support Gemayel's move increased the prospect that Lebanon would be partitioned among opposing factions.
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June 26, 1999 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She remembers the sounds of gunfire and people shouting in the street below. She remembers that the electricity suddenly went out in her apartment but that a strong light still shone through the peephole in her door. She crept toward it and looked out but saw nothing. "Then I heard one word," the woman, now 80, recalls. " 'Hit!' I jumped back and my door exploded open. All the doors of the building flew open."
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June 9, 1992 | MARILYN RASCHKA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Imagine telling an IRS agent to go to hell. Well, in this Mediterranean taxpayers' heaven, Lebanese tax collectors hear it all the time. Hiding from the Internal Revenue Service? Welcome to the perfect tax haven. No chance they'll catch up with you here. Lebanon's tax collectors estimate that about 75% of the population hasn't paid taxes since the beginning of the civil war in 1975.
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April 13, 1998 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Until a few months ago, crossing between East and West Beirut near the waterfront at night meant threading through a labyrinth of empty streets and past ghostly buildings, the abandoned silhouettes of destruction that served as reminders of civil war. That quintessential Beirut experience is no more. Now traffic flies along recently built overpasses and through newly opened tunnels.
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February 4, 1990 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lebanese Christian militia forces, fighting against odds to withstand the forces of renegade Maj. Gen. Michel Aoun, held on Saturday through a fourth day of bloody urban warfare and claimed defections were beginning to bleed the general's loyalists. Press reports from Beirut said the Lebanese Forces militia, outnumbered 3 to 1 by Aoun's Lebanese army brigades, had begun to turn the tide in the battle for Christian supremacy in East Beirut.
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September 9, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
The Christian government of Maj. Gen. Michel Aoun urged the United States on Friday to send its diplomats back to Lebanon, calling their evacuation a misguided reaction to rumors that they were in danger. "The Cabinet expresses its regret . . . because the U.S. Administration based its decision on illusions, rumors and erroneous information," a statement from Aoun's three-man Christian Cabinet said.
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May 18, 2000 | From Reuters
On the first anniversary of his election victory, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak on Wednesday tried to win over wary residents of northern Israel with a plan to beef up the defenses of towns near the Lebanese border ahead of an Israeli pullout from Lebanon. Barak's Cabinet allocated $386 million to fortify border towns and help northern Israel's economy cope with the fallout from potential guerrilla attacks after the Israeli army withdraws from Lebanon by a July 7 target date.
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May 7, 2000 | From Reuters
Sporadic shelling resumed across the Israeli-Lebanese front Saturday, a day after Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas exchanged their worst cross-border attacks in almost a year. The two sides had said after Friday's fighting that they were suspending retaliatory attacks. But few expected the relative calm to last amid the prospect of Israel pulling out from southern Lebanon by July without a peace agreement that satisfies Syria, the main power broker in Lebanon.
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May 1, 2000 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Polished and meticulous, publisher Gebran Tueni of the newspaper An Nahar projects the very image of the modern and prosperous Lebanon that he would like to build. And in a recent open letter that startled nearly everyone here with its boldness, he laid out a vision of the future that his country's Syrian "protectors" could not have welcomed.
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April 16, 2000 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was high noon in this southern Lebanese town, and not a day for the squeamish. There was a cloying smell of blood in the air, and, periodically, phalanxes of young men, hundreds in all, marched through the streets rhythmically slapping their brows with the palms of their hands or with knives, until blood matted their hair, streamed down their faces and dripped onto the red-flecked pavement.
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February 20, 2000 | From Associated Press
Egypt's president paid a key visit to Lebanon on Saturday, meeting with his Lebanese counterpart and expressing support for the guerrillas who are fighting Israeli occupation of a swath of southern Lebanon. President Hosni Mubarak's visit demonstrated the two nations' solidarity in the face of recent Israeli airstrikes here. Mubarak held talks with Lebanese President Emile Lahoud.
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February 10, 2000 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is a country under threat of war? The airport is crowded with travelers coming into, not leaving, Lebanon. Elegant, bejeweled women play cards in the luxurious lobby of the Vendome Hotel. Young people party at the Hard Rock Cafe and stroll nonchalantly on the famous corniche overlooking the Mediterranean.
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February 25, 1987 | Associated Press
Syrian troops enforcing a truce in embattled West Beirut killed 22 pro-Iranian Hezbollah militiamen Tuesday in hand-to-hand combat, police and hospital authorities said. A hospital official said all the Hezbollah fatalities were "axed or bayoneted to death." Police said the Syrians clashed with fighters of Hezbollah, or Party of God, in Muslim West Beirut's neighborhood of Basta at about 9:15 p.m. The mortally wounded Hezbollah fighters were rushed to the Muslim-controlled Beirut Hospital.
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October 28, 1989 | United Press International
Two Lebanese-American members of Congress, Reps. Mary Rose Oakar (D-Ohio) and Nick J. Rahall II (D-W.Va.), flew to Lebanon on Friday to try to persuade warring factions to accept an Arab League peace plan. Clovis Maksoud, ambassador of the Arab League in the United States, said that Oaker and Rahall, as influential members of the Lebanese-American community, will meet with Maj. Gen.
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January 26, 2000 | From Associated Press
A guerrilla rocket attack killed an Israeli soldier in southern Lebanon on Tuesday--the first Israeli fatality in Lebanon in five months, and the first since Israel and Syria resumed peace talks. The Iranian-backed Hezbollah guerrilla group claimed responsibility for the attack. Israel responded with an artillery barrage at Hezbollah outposts, and exchanges of fire persisted throughout the day. Israel claims that Syria, the main power broker in Lebanon, can control Hezbollah.
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September 17, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Lebanon's military court sentenced 17 former militiamen of the pro-Israeli South Lebanon Army to prison terms ranging from two months to 18 months for collaborating with Israel, judicial officials said in Beirut. The SLA is financed by Israel and aids in Israel's occupation of a border strip in south Lebanon. One defendant received an 18-month prison term, 11 were sentenced to one year and three received six months. One received three months and another was given two months.
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