Syrian President Bashar Assad said Russia has delivered an advanced air defense system to his civil war-torn country.
Assad reportedly made the announcement during an interview with the Hezbollah-controlled Al-Manar television network in Lebanon. Excerpts of the interview were released on Thursday morning, the French news agency AFP reported, with the full interview scheduled to be aired that night.
An airstrike on a military research center in Syria, the second attack on Israel's northern neighbor in three days, is being blamed on Israel.
Syrian state media accused Israel of the early Sunday morning attack on what it identified as the Jamraya military research center, located about ten miles from the border with Lebanon. Israel attacked the center in January, U.S officials said at the time of that strike.
At a gathering in Rome with Lebanon’s new cardinal, Pope Benedict XVI launched a new appeal for peace in Syria and the Middle East, the Associated Press reported.
“The church encourages all efforts for peace in the world and in the Middle East, a peace that will only be effective if it is based on authentic respect for other people,” Benedict told the gathering, which included several Lebanese pilgrims.
The leaders of Iran and Syria have learned the dirty little secret of dealing with an international community making demands them.
In the case of Iran, the U.S. and other countries are about to launch another round of negotiations with Tehran in an effort to prevent the Islamic revolution leaders from developing a nuclear weapon that threatens the region and the free world.