Sunday, May 13, 2007

Syria Prepares Military Exercises

UPDATE: Check out the new blog covering the Mid East: Outsider On The Inside

Syria is advancing its military exercises in preparation for war with Israel, according to this report:
TEL AVIV [MENL] -- Syria has advanced its military schedule in what could signal plans for war with Israel in 2007.Officials said Syria has decided to conduct a series of major military exercises in May through July. They said the decision was meant to accelerate preparations for a war against Israel in the summer of 2007."Syria is now in the middle of an unprecedented process of a huge military buildup," Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh said. "They have acquired state-of-the-art Russian weapons, huge quantities of long-range rockets and missiles."Officials said Syria was close to concluding negotiations to purchase advanced anti-aircraft systems from Russia. They said the systems could include the S-300PMU1 air and missile defense system as well as the TOR-M1 mobile short-range anti-aircraft battery.

 
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