April 26, 2005:
Syria withdraws its remaining 14,000 troops from Lebanon amidst international pressure over the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, in which Syria was suspected to have played a role.
Syria began occupying Lebanon in 1976, during the country’s civil war, and was supposed to end in 1986, after the civil war ended. But Syria continued to stay in the country, which is now regarded as illegal.
Above, a Syrian soldier waves as he leaves Lebanon.