The United States is certain that Syrian military intelligence agents remain in Lebanon in defiance of international demands to pull out all forces and agents, two senior U.S. officials said Thursday. "There is no question that Syrian military intelligence agents have stayed behind, and that they are exerting a highly negative influence on the situation," one senior State Department official said, according to The AP.
Syria claims it has complied with a U.N. resolution demanding full withdrawal.
On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused Syria of exporting "terrorism" over its border with Iraq. A day earlier she linked Syria to the latest assassination of an anti-Syrian politician but said she cannot be certain who is behind the killing.
It should be noted that none of the US allegations against Syria are specific and the Bush administration has offered no public evidence for them.