05 December 2011

Syrian Army Takes Time Out from Beating Population, Shows Off Other "Skills"

THe Syrian military took a pause from killing their own people last week to hold maneuver exercises that were presumably a show of force for the Arab League.

The Syrian military has held war games that included test-firing of missiles and air force and ground troop operations "similar to a real battle," state-run media reported Monday — a show of force as Damascus defies pressures over its deadly crackdown on regime opponents.
Syria is under both Arab and international pressure to end its crackdown on an eight-month uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime that the U.N. says has killed more than 4,000 people.
The maneuvers, which state TV said took place over the weekend, came as Syria said it was still negotiating with the Arab League over the bloc's request to send observers into the country. Tightening sanctions by Arab and other nations have failed to halt the crackdown on anti-government protesters.
Syria's military conducts war game every year but these maneuvers were of a higher-level, combining missile tests, the air force and ground troops.

By: Brant

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