Part of the Ottoman Empire from the early 16th century, Lebanon became a French mandate after the First World War and achieved independence in 1943. Until the mid 1970s the country prospered, but conflict between the Christian and Muslim communities, the influx of Palestinian refugees, and repeated Middle Eastern wars chronically destabilized the country. The first general elections for twenty years were held in 1992
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- The full text of Bush's executive order on Lebanese sovereignty is available on the White House Web site.
- But ultimately, the Lebanese remain convinced that there's little they can do to avert any of these catastrophes.
- Well-dressed families, couples and young artsy types mill about sampling foods like saj, a traditional Lebanese flatbread usually smeared with thyme and olive oil and baked on a rounded open grill.
Definition of Lebanon in:
- The US English dictionary