Syria’s “exit” strategy

06.21.05

Syria has supposedly withdrawn from Lebanon. Except that the Syrians are still very busy there:

An anti-Syrian politician was killed in Lebanon on Tuesday when a bomb ripped through his car, two days after parliamentary elections brought victory for an alliance opposed to Damascus’ role in the country.

George Hawi, a former leader of the Lebanese Communist Party, died instantly in the blast in the Wata Musaitbi neighborhood of Beirut, witnesses and security sources.

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It was the second killing of an anti-Syrian figure in Beirut this month. Newspaper columnist Samir Kassir was killed on June 2 when a similar explosion destroyed his car outside his home.

The United States said after Kassir’s killing it had information about a Syrian hit-list targeting Lebanese leaders. Damascus has denied the claim and denounced Hawi’s killing.

And yet, Syria is still claiming to have had nothing to do with the assassination of Rafik al-Hariri. Riiiiight.

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