Syrian Army Launches Military Drill as World Watches (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar 07/08/12)
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The Syrian Army has launched a major military drill, according to an
announcement by the country´s official SANA news agency.
The maneuvers, which began Saturday, are expected to continue for the
next few days and are intended to simulate defense against
outside “aggression,” said the report.
The Syrian Navy reportedly carried out a live fire drill over the
weekend to simulate a surprise attack from the sea, with senior
military officials observing the exercises.
National television broadcast film clips of missiles being fired from
naval warships and launch vehicles. Air and ground forces were
expected to be included over the next several days.
Israeli and other military officials are watching the exercises
closely as well.
United Nations and Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan admitted in
an interview on Saturday that his efforts to find a political
solution to the civil war in Syria have failed. Despite the deaths of
thousands, protesters have continued to hold demonstrations at sites
throughout the nation.
More than 14,000 people have died in the escalating violence ignited
in March 2011 by the Arab Spring uprisings that swept the region last
Despite numerous calls for intervention, however, the West has turned
a deaf ear to pleas by opposition forces and their supporters.
Government troops sent by President Bashar al-Assad meanwhile
continue to aim heavy artillery and other weaponry at apartment
buildings and homes in residential neighborhoods where protesters
were active against the government. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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