DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's military has begun large-scale military exercises involving missile tests and ground and air operations meant to test its readiness to respond to aggression.
The show of force appears to be designed as a warning to the international community not to interfere in the Syrian crisis.
The state-run SANA news agency says in a report Sunday the maneuvers started a day earlier with naval forces simulating a scenario to repel an attack from the sea.
It says the exercises were attended by Defense Minister Dawood Rajiha and will last for several days.
Some in the Syrian opposition have appealed to the international community to intervene in the country's crisis, which they say has killed more than 14,000 people.
The West has shown little appetite for military intervention in Syria.