An archive photo showing Geagea, Aoun and MP George Adwan at the Baabda Presidential Palace.
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Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea's support for Michel Aoun's presidential bid Monday brings the two rival Christian leaders closer and adds a new chapter to around three decades of relations between the two leaders which once witnessed one of the bloodiest battles of Lebanon's Civil War.June 1984: Aoun is appointed Army commander, succeeding Gen. Ibrahim Tannous.September 1986: Ties between Aoun and Geagea deteriorate after the general held the Lebanese Forces responsible for the assassination of Col. Khalil Kanaan, the commander of the Army's 5th Brigade, who was gunned down by an armed squad at his house.September 1988: With President Amine Gemayel's term approaching its end on Sept. 22, both Aoun and Geagea oppose a reportedly U.S.-backed proposal to nominate MP Mikhaelal-Daher for the presidency. Geagea backs the deal, while Aoun opposes it.Aoun meets Geagea in his prison the same month.
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