As an uneasy peace returns to the eastern Mediterranean, American and British troops commence their evacuation from the Lebanon and Jordan.
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Background: As an uneasy peace returns to the eastern Mediterranean, American and British troops commence their evacuation from the Lebanon and Jordan.
First off the mark where the Americans who have been "thinning out" their forces in the Lebanon for some time. The cue for further Americans withdrawals came with reports of further successes by Lawyer Raymond Edde, 45, the son of a former Lebanese president and hardest worker for peace among the Christian Lebanese.
Heading what he calls the Third Force Movement, Edde is one of Lebanon's most able and respected politicians. When trouble broke out again after the election of President Chehab, he proposed a "save the nation" cabinet of four leaders of the embattled factions. To off-set the pro-Nasserism of Premier Karami, Edde proposed as deputy premier a fellow Maronite Roman Catholic together with a moderate Moslem as the No.3 and Edde as number 4.
The proposals were accepted and a new peace spread through the country as the Chamber of Deputies- who had earlier threatened to topple the Karami government - gave the four-man cabinet an overwhelming vote of confidence.
Confidence in the new stability of the Lebanese government was reflected in the further withdrawal of American troops on October 24. Huge Globemaster are ferrying between Beirut and Germany as group after group of the Americans leaving the Lebanon every day as the evacuation by air and sea is speeded up.
Meanwhile, British troops were also flying out of the Jordan - many of them going direct to the Transport Command airfield at Lyneham in Britain.