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  • A Palestinian family (top) watches mourners Oct. 23, 2012, carry the body of Palestinian Ahmad Queider, 20, during a funeral procession in the Sunni neighborhood of Tarik al-Jadida in Beirut. The man was killed the day before as he rode his motorcycle during an exchange of gunfire between Lebanese troops and gunmen. (Associated Press)

    Hezbollah rejects international probe in killing

    Syria's powerful ally Hezbollah was accused Tuesday by Lebanese political opponents of playing a role in the assassination of a top intelligence officer who used his post to fight Syrian meddling in Lebanon.

  • A Palestinian family Tuesday look at mourners carrying Ahmad Queider, 20, a Palestinian killed Monday during an exchange of gunfire in Beirut, where fighting was touched off by the assassination of an anti-Syrian intelligence chief. (Associated Press)

    Calm returns to Beirut as troops launch operation

    Calm returned to the streets of Lebanon's capital Tuesday, a day after troops launched a major security operation to quell fighting touched off by the assassination of a top anti-Syrian intelligence chief.

  • Sunni gunmen patrol an empty street leading to a Shiite neighborhood in Beirut on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, after overnight clashes between Sunni and Shiite gunmen. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Lebanese army tries to force gunmen from streets

    Lebanese soldiers in armored vehicles fanned out across the country on Monday to break down civilian roadblocks and chase gunmen off the streets as tempers flared over the killing of a top intelligence official who was a powerful opponent of Syrian involvement in Lebanon.

  • Black smoke rises in Tripoli, Lebanon, on Monday from a burning house that was attacked during clashes that erupted between supporters and foes of the Syrian regime. (Associated Press)

    Lebanese troops aim to contain sectarian violence

    Lebanese troops launched a major security operation on Monday to open all roads and force gunmen off the streets, trying to contain an outburst of violence set off by the assassination of a top intelligence official who was a powerful opponent of Syria.

  • Protesters chant slogans against the Lebanese government in Beirut on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, after the funeral of Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, who was assassinated on Friday in a car bombing. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

    Funeral for slain Lebanese official ends in clashes

    Lebanese security forces unleashed a barrage of gunfire and tear gas in central Beirut on Sunday to disperse hundreds of protesters trying to storm the government headquarters after the funeral of a top Lebanese intelligence official killed by a car bomb.

  • A family walks past flaming tires used as a roadblock to protest the death of Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, head of the intelligence division of Lebanon's domestic security forces in a car bomb attack targeting his convoy, in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/ Mohammed Zaatari)

    Lebanese prime minister links car bomb to crisis in Syria

    Lebanon's prime minister linked the massive car bomb that tore through Beirut to the civil war in neighboring Syria on Saturday, the latest signal that the crisis is enflaming an already tense region.

  • A Lebanese rescue worker (center) helps an injured man at the scene of an car bomb explosion Oct. 19, 2012, in the mostly Christian neighborhood of Achrafiyeh in Beirut. (Associated Press)

    Beirut car bomb kills top official, 7 others

    A car bomb ripped through eastern Beirut on Friday, killing at least eight people, shearing the balconies off apartment buildings and sending bloodied residents staggering into the streets in the most serious blast the Lebanese capital has seen in more than four years.

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