dec 23, 2006 - Israel V Nuclear Facility
Israel carries out an aerial strike against a nuclear facility under construction in northern Syria. 2008 July - President Assad meets French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris. The visit signals the end of the diplomatic isolation by the West that followed the assassination of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri in 2005. 2008 October - Syria establishes diplomatic relations with Lebanon for first time since both countries established independence in 1940s.
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