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Israelis set deadline on talks for pullout; Lebanese wary

Israel said Thursday it had set a deadline for making substantive progress in troop withdrawal talks with Lebanon, but Lebanon retorted that the Israelis were making ''too many conditions we cannot accept.''

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The statements came during the crucial 11th negotiating round - the last before a two-week Christmas break. The talks are scheduled to resume here Jan. 7 .

Meanwhile, Army troops were deployed in the northern port of Tripoli yesterday in a Syrian-sponsored operation designed to end the nine-year reign of rival militias there, the state radio said. No resistance from local militiamen was reported.

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