Syria Strengthening Forces on Border with Israel

[Ha'aretz] Aluf Benn and Amos Harel - The IDF Military Intelligence assessments to be presented to Israel's security cabinet on Wednesday show that the Syrian army is deployed along the Golan Heights with strengthened forces, having moved units of large-caliber rockets, similar to the ones Hizbullah launched against Haifa during the Second Lebanon War, up to the front. The Syrian army has also improved its fortifications and has received modern, Russian-made anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles. Security sources say there is concern that the Syrian deployments enable Syria to embark on a sudden, surprise attack. Such action would be accompanied by a massive barrage of rockets from Hizbullah's positions north of the Litani River. There has been a flow of intelligence reports about improved coordination and joint operations among Iran, Syria and Hizbullah. However, the dominant assessment of Military Intelligence is that Assad does not intend, at this stage, to start a war with Israel.

2007-06-06 01:00:00

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