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July 28, 2005
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Lebanon freed a notorious anti-Syrian warlord who had allied himself with Israel during the 1982 Lebanon War. Samir Geagea, 53, had been serving three life sentences for the 1987 assassination of pro-Syrian premier Rashid Karami and others. Geagea’s release is viewed as the latest in a series of steps taken to reunify the country following years of civil strife and Syrian control, and he is expected to play a political role in Lebanon.

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