14 February: Former prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri is assassinated in a massive bombing. Opposition blames Syrian and Lebanese governments, charges both deny.

2 June: Anti-Syrian journalist and activist Samir Kassir is killed by a bomb placed under his car.

21 June: Anti-Syrian politician George Hawi, former Communist party leader, is killed by a bomb placed under his car.

12 July: Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Elias al-Murr survives a car bombing that targets his vehicle as he drives on a north Beirut suburban street. Although pro-Syrian, al-Murr later says he was threatened by a Syrian intelligence chief in Lebanon.

25 September: Prominent anchorwoman May Chidiac of the leading anti-Syrian TV station LBC loses an arm and a leg from a bomb placed under her car. 

12 December: Jebran Tueni, prominent anti-Syrian newspaper editor and lawmaker, is killed in a car bomb that destroys his vehicle.