Syria conducts war games to deter attack
Syrian state television broadcasts what it claims is footage of the nation’s air force and navy holding live-fire exercises aimed at deterring any attack on the country.
By Alastair Good
20 Dec 2011
The Syrian military held live-fire exercises today to test the readiness of their armed forces in case of a war, according to state television.
The government has come under heavy criticism for its handling of the nine month long protest against president Bashar al-Assad.
Reports had suggested that Assad was going to implement a peace deal brokered by the Arab League and allow monitors into the country to ensure attacks on civilians were curtailed.
Most foreign journalists are barred from the country so independent verification of the footage is not possible but the Syrian news agency SANA said that naval forces executed a tactical project and successfully hit their targets.
The United Nations has said that more that 5,000 people have been killed in Syria since protests began in March.