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Lebanese Unearth Remains of 25 Bodies from Mass Grave in Bekaa Valley


Lebanese troops have unearthed the remains of 25 bodies from a mass grave in an eastern town near the former headquarters of Syrian intelligence in Lebanon.

Officials Saturday said the bodies were found in the Bekaa Valley town of Anjar. They say the bodies, one of which was dressed in a Lebanese military uniform, have been buried for years.

The Syrian headquarters was notorious for the arrest and torture of Lebanese prisoners during its nearly three-decade presence in Lebanon.

Authorized by the Arab League, Syria first moved troops into Lebanon in 1976 to try to maintain order one year after the outbreak of the country's devastating 15-year civil war.

Damascus was forced to withdraw its troops earlier this year under intense domestic and international pressure after senior Syrian officials were implicated in the murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. Syria has denied any role in the killing.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.