Bush Demands that Syria Leaves Lebanon

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In his bluntest language yet, President Bush is demanding that Syria pull its troops and intelligence agents out of Lebanon.

Visiting a community college in Maryland, the president applauded yesterday's tough statement by France's foreign minister and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at a conference in London.

Bush says their message was "loud and clear" -- telling Syria: "You get your troops and your secret services out of Lebanon."
Bush says the world is "speaking with one voice" on behalf of
Lebanese democracy.

Syria has kept tight control of Lebanon since the end of the
Lebanese civil war in 1990.

Bush's comments come a day after Lebanon's Syrian-backed government resigned amid anti-Syrian demonstrations -- and two weeks after the assassination of a leading campaigner for a Syrian exit.

Also yesterday, the White House said there was "firm evidence" linking a Damascus-based terrorist group with last week's deadly suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.