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Syria Pulls Out 2,000 More Troops from Lebanon


Lebanese security officials say Syria has pulled two-thousand more troops out of Lebanon's eastern Bekaa Valley.

Officials in Beirut today Monday say the latest withdrawal brings the Syrian military presence down to about eight-thousand troops, the lowest level since they entered Lebanon nearly three decades ago.

Lebanese officials say the Syrian-Lebanese Military Commission will meet next week to set a timetable for the complete withdrawal of all remaining Syrian forces.

Also Monday, a senior Lebanese Foreign Ministry official is en route to New York to attend a U.N. Security Council meeting. Council members are expected to call for an international investigation of last month's assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri.

In other developments, Lebanon's main opposition leader Walid Jumblatt says he has no current plans to press for disarmament of the militant group Hezbollah.

Some information for this report provided by AP, Reuters.

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