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Background. The territory now known as Lebanon was once part of an area referred to as Greater Syria, which came under control of the Ottoman Empire. Anglo-French forces captured the area during World War I, and France ruled there until Paris granted independence in 1943. After this period, the country enjoyed relative peace and prosperity (save for a civil conflict in 1958) as a banking, trading, and tourist center. The country's stability and...

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