Syria war forces music festival from Lebanon’s Roman ruins

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An army soldier mans a checkpoint in the town of Arsal, in the eastern Bekaa ValleyBy Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon's annual Baalbek music festival has been forced to move from its usual venue among Roman ruins in the Bekaa Valley because of rocket fire and a spillover of fighting from Syria, organizers said on Thursday. Baalbek is a stronghold of the Lebanese Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah, which is fighting across the border alongside its ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against a two-year-old rebel uprising. …

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