The above-cited news agency described the exercise as involving "military maneuvers carried out over several days involving land, sea and air forces in order to test the combat readiness of the Syrian Arab Army and inspect its ability to carry out its duties in circumstances similar to possible combat conditions."
On July 9 Syrian naval, air and land forces held an air defense exercise employing anti-aircraft missiles.
Syria has the military capacity to respond to NATO attacks that Libya didn't last year. Any attempt to replicate the Libyan scenario in the Eastern Mediterranean, even if it doesn't at first pull Russia, Iran, Lebanon and China into the fray, is fraught with disastrous consequences.
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