Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Syria

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Syria

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See also Lebanon

Aug. 4: Syria released its longest-serving political prisoner, Imad Shiha. He had spent 29 years in prison for leading the banned Arab Communist Organization. Almost 1OO other prisoners were also freed as part of an amnesty announced by President Bashir alAssad. [BBC, 8/4]

Sept. 2: Syria's top Sunni Muslim cleric, Shaykh Ahmad Kuftaro, died after a heart attack at age 89. The day before, he had issued a statement calling for the release of two French journalists held hostage in Iraq. [BBC, 9/2]

The UN security Council adopted Resolution 1559 demanding that foreign troops leave Lebanon and that Lebanese sovereignty be respected. The resolution was aimed at Syria. [BBC, 9/3]

Sept. 11: US Envoy William Burns called on Syria to remove its 15,000 troops stationed in Lebanon and to stop intervening in Lebanon's affairs. [BBC, 9/11]

Sept. 14: Ministers of the Arab League agreed on a motion to support Lebanon's right to make its "own political choices," but also criticized Syria's military presence in Lebanon. The six Arab Gulf countries and Jordan voiced support for a UN proposal seeking Syria's withdrawal from Lebanon. …

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