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Syria Pledges 'Coordinated Withdrawl' from Lebanon

In a rare address to Syria's Parliament, President Bashar Assad says he is taking steps to pull his nation's military forces from Lebanon and tells the United Nations that his plan is to make a "coordinated withdrawl." Assad's speech was watched by thousands of protesters in the Lebanese capital of Beirut.

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