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Latest Syrian Military Items
The United States is blaming Syrian President Bashar Assad for the growing violence spilling across the border into neighboring Lebanon, which already is burdened with 90,000 refugees from the Syrian civil war.
A Syrian military helicopter clipped the tail of a Syrian passenger jet with 200 people aboard in midair Thursday, but the larger aircraft landed safely and no one aboard was hurt, Syrian state TV said.
In recent days, we have witnessed an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya that left four Americans dead, the breach of our embassy and violent protests in Egypt, and a subsequent political spat between the White House and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Mr. Romney blasted the Obama administration for taking an apologetic stance in the wake of the attacks, pointing to a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo that he described as "akin to an apology."
Regional calls for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad reached new heights Wednesday, with Turkey describing the Assad regime as "one of state terrorism" and Egypt asserting that Mr. Assad should learn from the "recent history" of deposed Arab dictators and step down.
Two bombs exploded near the Syrian military's joint chiefs of staff's offices in central Damascus on Sunday, lightly wounding four army officers and causing damage to a building and cars, state television said.
Emboldened Syrian rebels launched a major operation in the north, targeting security compounds and bases around the country's largest city of Aleppo, activists said Friday.
In a show of force, Syria began large-scale military exercises Sunday to simulate defending the country against outside "aggression." Damascus' staunch ally Iran warned of a "catastrophe" in the region if no political solution to the 16-month-old Syrian conflict is found.
Syria's conflict is increasing instability in Lebanon, which already is grappling with sectarian tensions, a crumbling economy, and a weak, divided government even as it so far has avoided the popular uprisings of its Middle East neighbors.
The head of the U.N. observer mission in Syria on Sunday called on President Bashar Assad and the country's opposition to stop fighting and allow a tenuous cease-fire to take hold.