July 8 - Syrian TV airs video of coastal and naval missile firing drills by the country's military. Travis Brecher reports.
Syrian state television airs dramatic footage of military drills along the embattled country's Mediterranean coast. According to the government-controlled media, the exercise simulates how the Syrian military would respond to a sudden sea-borne attack. They said the land, sea and air forces performed well, and that all designated targets were hit. While President Bashar al-Assad has faced intense diplomatic pressure over his crackdown on dissent which has left many thousands of civilians dead, major Western and Arab powers have foresworn the idea of direct military action against Syria. Tension rose, however, with Turkey after Syria shot down a Turkish war plane two weeks ago off the Syrian coast. Travis Brecher, Reuters