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June 16, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
The Israeli-backed South Lebanon Army militia released 21 U.N. peacekeeping soldiers from Finland on Saturday after holding them hostage for eight days and at one point threatening to kill them. "They are in good condition--only bored," said Kari Kortilla, chief of staff of the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon. The release ended a standoff involving the largely Christian militia and the rival Shia Muslim militia Amal and the U.N. peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon.
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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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June 12, 1987 | From Reuters
Two Muslim militiamen were killed Thursday in clashes with the Israeli-backed South Lebanon Army east of Sidon.
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June 8, 2000 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before she dies, 70-year-old Beirut slum dweller Raiyyeh Nasreddine wants to move back to the southern Lebanese land she fled 18 years ago. But her village has been destroyed, even down to the graves of her ancestors, and the green fields she once loved are now seeded with land mines. Living in southern Lebanon, Georges Khouri would like to go back to his work as a car mechanic.
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June 13, 1985 | DAN FISHER, Times Staff Writer
An Israeli-backed Lebanese militia kept 21 Finnish U.N. soldiers hostage for a sixth day Wednesday as U.N. officials tried to arrange a meeting between the commander of the militia and 11 of his men whose alleged defection triggered the abduction of the U.N. troops.
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October 17, 1991 | Associated Press
A bomb exploded Wednesday inside Israel's self-declared security zone in southern Lebanon, wounding three pro-Israeli militiamen and prompting an artillery exchange between the militia and the Lebanese army. The bomb exploded near a South Lebanon Army armored personnel carrier on the road to the town of Jezzine.
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February 3, 1989
The Israeli-backed South Lebanon Army ambushed guerrillas attempting to sneak into Israel and killed three, a spokesman for the militia said. The guerrillas were spotted before dawn trying to infiltrate into Israel near the Lebanese village of Srobbine, 6 miles north of the Israeli border, the spokesman said. The militia also expelled four Lebanese from Israel's self-declared security zone, just north of the Israeli border, Lebanese police said.
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October 4, 1988 | Associated Press
Israeli-backed Christian militia members of the South Lebanon Army shelled a U.N.-policed village in southern Lebanon on Monday, wounding a U.N. peacekeeper, three Lebanese women and a boy. The name of the member of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon was not released.
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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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May 28, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
In a move likely to help defuse tension in a disputed area, Israeli forces pulled out of two outposts at the Lebanese-Israeli frontier as U.N. teams prepared to finalize the border between the nations, U.N. sources said Saturday. Elsewhere on the border Saturday, U.N. peacekeepers deployed at a fence where Lebanese had been throwing stones and firebombs at Israeli soldiers on the other side. Ten U.N. peacekeepers kept the Lebanese about 25 yards from the soldiers to prevent friction.
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May 26, 2000 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a national holiday to celebrate the end of Israeli occupation, Lebanese Prime Minister Salim Hoss made his first tour of his nation's southern border in two decades Thursday and promised to restore government authority to the area. "We pledge to work for security and stability in this region," Hoss told residents of Khiam. "All the services of the state will swiftly resume in this part of the homeland." All but national defense, that is.
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May 24, 2000 | MARJORIE MILLER and JOHN DANISZEWSKI and TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Israel's "security zone" became Lebanon's "liberated zone" as the last Israeli troops pulled out of southern Lebanon early today, swiftly ending the Jewish state's 22-year occupation of this nation. Under cover of darkness and Israeli air force sorties, columns of Israeli army tanks and armored personnel carriers rolled south as Islamic Hezbollah guerrillas filled the military vacuum and celebrated what they called the "glorious victory" of Israel's withdrawal.
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May 21, 2000 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an apparent warning to Syria, Israeli warplanes launched a rare attack Saturday on radical Palestinian targets in Lebanon, destroying 10 tanks and zeroing in on a suspected source of hostility as Israel attempts to end a 22-year occupation of Lebanon.
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May 11, 2000 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
These are happy days for the militant Islamic guerrilla movement Hezbollah, which has spearheaded the fight against Israeli forces from places like this picturesque village in southern Lebanon, with its cedar-shaded streets and olive groves stretching invitingly along the hillsides. Two fortified military positions, one belonging to the Israel Defense Forces and one to its militia proxy, the South Lebanon Army, loom over the bucolic setting.
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February 4, 2000 | From Associated Press
Israeli-allied militiamen early today used dynamite to destroy one of their key outposts in southern Lebanon and retreated to new positions, militia officials said. The South Lebanon Army's withdrawal from Sojod, a hilltop post with commanding view of a Hezbollah guerrilla stronghold, appeared aimed at cutting casualties ahead of the Israeli army's promised departure from Lebanon this summer. Meanwhile, Israeli airstrikes and guerrilla attacks continued for a seventh consecutive day.
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December 20, 1999 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For nearly two decades, the South Lebanon Army fought as Israel's ally and then proxy against Islamic guerrillas in Lebanon. But Sunday, members of the militia petitioned the Israeli Supreme Court for asylum, saying their lives will be in danger if Israel withdraws from Lebanon as part of a peace treaty with Syria. The prospect of an Israeli withdrawal took on new immediacy last week after Israel and Syria launched landmark peace talks in Washington.
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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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