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Mass Grave Found in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley


Lebanese forces have unearthed a mass grave in an eastern town that was the headquarters of Syrian intelligence in Lebanon for nearly three decades.

The remains of at least 20 people were exhumed Saturday in the Bekaa Valley town of Anjar. Officials said the bodies had been buried for years and that the remains - mostly bones - would be sent for DNA testing in an effort to identify them.

Residents in the town discovered the grave and informed Lebanese authorities.

Syria was the main power broker in Lebanon until April, when it withdrew its remaining 15,000 troops under intense international pressure after the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. An ongoing U.N. investigation has implicated top Syrian officials in the murder, but Damascus has denied any role.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.