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Syria Launches Large-Scale Military Exercises

A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency on July 7, 2012, shows a missile being fired during a military excercise (AFP photo/ HO / SANA).
A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency on July 7, 2012, shows a missile being fired during a military excercise (AFP photo/ HO / SANA).
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Syrian state media announced Sunday the start of large-scale military drills along the country's coast, as more civilians reportedly died in clashes between government and rebel forces.

State television reported that the military is practicing how it would repel an attack by sea.  Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told the French news agency, AFP, that violence across the country killed at least 35 people, including 17 civilians.

Sunday's announcements come a day after Lebanese officials said a Syrian rocket hit the northern part of their country, killing three people.  Also, on Friday, Turkey buried the two pilots killed when Syria shot down a Turkish military jet last month.

On Saturday, U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan acknowledged that the international community's attempts to find a political solution to the escalating violence in Syria have failed.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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by: Spiros from: Athens
July 09, 2012 6:54 AM
the truth of the matter is that the Turkies (foul fowls that they are) are treated by NATO as chronic leprosy - And - with good reason... my advice to the turki - don't draw too much comfort from your flimsy membership in NATO... everyone know who and what you are... and if Assad decides to blow you to saudi arabia... all will be happy here...

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by: Farnbrough from: UK
July 09, 2012 8:32 AM
Turkey a CHRONIC LEPROSY... Oh, how true!!!
the whole of Europe hates the Turks - FOUL FOWLs - i laughed so hard... thank you Greece for expressing our inner sentiments...

by: Nikosia from: Greece
July 08, 2012 11:51 AM
NOW the Turkies better watch out... remember that the head clown of the empty headed nation of Turkies treats his air-force like the Ayatolla of Iran treated his Air-Force after the Shah... look it up...
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by: Martin from: Australia
July 08, 2012 9:43 PM
Why do the Greeks troll about anything even remotely connected to Turkey? Do you really think Syria or Greece for that matter has a chance against the 2nd largest military in NATO?

Why is Greece the most anti-American, anti-Western nation in Europe? Why do you threaten all your neighbors with violence? Why do you not allow the USA to use her base in Souda? You Greeks are utterly full of hate and pathetic, your xenophobia and hatred for anything that is not Greek has gotten you into this financial mess and now you all blame everyone except yourselves.

Pay your taxes and go to work you troll.
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by: Mustafa from: Izmir Turkey
July 08, 2012 8:11 PM
whats wrong with you Greeks... why calling us empty head... you empty handed stupid Greeks. we know Erdogan is Islamic imbecile... but what can we do???
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by: Anonymous
July 08, 2012 2:46 PM
Are you kidding me? Turks have nothing to worry about. Turkey has the backing of Nato. Look it up... That would be excellent if Syria tried starting a war with a Nato member, that would be an invitation for a war on Assads front lawn. I bet $2 that if Assad started a war with turkey, Assads palace with him inside would be blow to pieces within day(s). He would be permanently extinguished and then the country of Syria would flourish with happyness and an elected government that is in the best interests of its own people. I don't think that Nato would screw around trying to blow up half the country, they would go after their prime target #1, Assad. I imagine every movement now of Assad is already, and has been, watched like a hawk from space. Technology is a wonderful thing.

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