Syrian military conducts military exercises

AP , Sunday 8 Jul 2012

Syria's military has begun large-scale military exercises involving missile tests and ground and air operations to test its readiness to respond to aggression

Syria's show of force appears to be designed as a warning to the international community not to interfere in the nation's crisis. The state-run SANA news agency says in a report Sunday that military maneuvers started a day earlier with naval forces simulating a scenario to repel an attack from the sea.

SANA says the exercises were attended by Defense Minister Dawood Rajiha and will last for several days.

Some in the Syrian opposition have appealed to the international community to intervene in the country's crisis, which they say has killed more than 14,000 people. The West has shown little appetite for military intervention in Syria.

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