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Thousands more Syrian troops deployed on Lebanon border

By Michelle Malkin  •  November 3, 2008 06:04 AM

The Jerusalem Post reports this morning:

Syria has mobilized some 3,000 troops and heavy equipment near its border with eastern Lebanon, Beirut’s As-Safir newspaper reported over the weekend.

The troop movement is being carried out under the banner of a bid to stop illegal smuggling and cross-border criminal movement, but Middle East analysts are viewing it as a signal from Syria that it intends to return Lebanon to its sphere of influence.

The troop movement could also form part of a response by Syria to the threat posed by Lebanon-based jihadis, although this seems less likely in light of the widespread view that Syria has backed a number of jihadi groups in Lebanon.

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