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TIMELINE-Recent attacks in Lebanon on anti-Syrian figures

(Reuters) - Anti-Syrian Christian lawmaker Antoine Ghanem was killed in a car bomb explosion in the eastern part of Beirut on Wednesday, security sources said.

The lawmaker of the Christian Phalange party, was among at least seven people killed and appeared to be the main target of the bombing, the sources said.

Beirut has been hit by a series of bomb attacks in the past 2-1/2 years, many of them aimed at anti-Syrian politicians.

Here is a chronology of major events in Lebanon since former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri was killed in a car bombing, along with 22 other people, on February 14, 2005.

February 16, 2005 - At least 150,000 Lebanese turn Hariri’s funeral into outpouring of anger against Syria.

February 28 - Pro-Syrian Prime Minister Omar Karami resigns.

March 5 - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad tells his parliament Syrian troops will start phased pullout from Lebanon.

April 26 - Last Syrian soldiers leave Lebanon.

June 2 - Samir Kassir, journalist opposed to Syria’s role in Lebanon, is killed in Beirut by a bomb in his car.

June 19 - Lebanese parliamentary elections end in victory for anti-Syrian alliance led by Hariri’s son Saad al-Hariri.

June 21 - Former Communist Party leader and critic of Syria George Hawi is killed in Beirut by a bomb in his car.

October 20 - U.N. investigators say high-ranking Syrian officials and their Lebanese allies were involved in Hariri’s killing, in report to U.N. Security Council. Syria denies it.

December 12 - Gebran Tueni, anti-Syrian member of parliament and Lebanese newspaper magnate, is killed by a car bomb near Beirut.

July 12, 2006 - Hezbollah captures two Israeli soldiers in cross-border raid, setting off 34-day war in which about 1,200 people in Lebanon and 158 Israelis are killed.

November 11 - Five pro-Syrian Shi’ite Muslim ministers from Hezbollah and its ally, the Amal movement, resign after collapse of all-party talks on giving their camp more say in government.

November 21 - Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel is killed by gunmen. U.N. Security Council approves plans for tribunal to try suspects in assassination of Hariri and subsequent attacks.

June 13, 2007 - Anti-Syrian parliamentarian Walid Eido and nine other people killed by a car bomb near a Beirut beach club. He is the seventh anti-Syrian figure to be assassinated since February 2005.

Sept 19 - Anti-Syrian Christian lawmaker Antoine Ghanem is killed in a car bomb explosion in the eastern part of Beirut.