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Israel Prepares for What Comes After Syria's Civil War

MIN READSep 6, 2017 | 18:48 GMT

An Israeli army tank maneuvers during Israel's largest military exercise since 1998. The exercise focuses on preparing for a potential war with Hezbollah along Israel's northern border, and is not unconnected to developments in Syria.

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It appears the Syrian civil war is entering its final stages. On Sept. 5, Syrian loyalist forces, in close conjunction with Iranian and Russian military forces, broke the Islamic State's three-year siege on the loyalist forces in Deir el-Zour. The arrival of the relief force in the city is one of the biggest developments on the Syrian battlefield since the loyalists captured Aleppo city, and heralds the extent to which government forces have gained the upper hand in the Syrian civil war since a year ago. On the same day the loyalists forces reached Deir el-Zour, Israel began its largest military exercise since 1998. The combined arms exercise focuses on preparing for a potential war with Hezbollah along Israel's northern border, and is set to run for 10 days and involves tens of thousands of Israeli troops. The exercise, though planned more than a year in advance, is not unconnected to...

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