The assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri seemed an unlikely catalyst for the steep increase in international scrutiny and condemnation that faced Syria in early 2005.

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President Jacques Chirac said France would only deploy 400 troops to Lebanon even as U.N. officials said they hoped for more troops from the country slated to lead the force to end the clashes between Israeli soldiers and Hezbollah militants.

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