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Assad calls on Syrian army to prepare for ‘regional challenges’

Syrian President Bashar Assad called on his army Monday to increase readiness to cope with “regional challenges.” The president’s comments came during an annual address to the military but also as Israel and the militant group Hezbollah entered their 20th day of fighting in neighboring Lebanon. Travelers from Syria have reported that some reservists have been called up for military duty – a sign that Syria is concerned the fighting in Lebanon could spill over. The Syrian government has not made any announcement about calling up reserves. Full Story

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