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Elias Mur

A UN Press Release SC/8372 dated 29th April 2005 boasted that Syria had notified the UN formally on 26th April 2005 that it had withdrawn all of its troops, military assets and intelligence apparatus from Lebanon . The UN described the date the withdrawal was completed an historic day for the Syrian and Lebanese peoples, and for the Middle East. Syria was implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1559. So far so good but what the press release did not say and the UN did not know was that Syrian intelligence operatives, secret agents and local collaborators like Hezbollah stayed put.

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