Mideast Syria

December 5, 2011 - 1:35 PM
This is an undated photo provided late Sunday Dec. 4, 2011 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, which they claim shows Syrian soldiers kneeling next to a multiple rocket launcher as they fire missiles during a maneuver at an unknown location, in Syria. Syria's state-run media say the country's military has held war games during which the army test-fired missiles and the air force and ground troops conducted operations "similar to a real battle." The maneuvers come as Syria is under Arab and international pressure to end a crackdown on an eight-month uprising that the U.N. says has killed more than 4,000 people. State TV said Monday the exercise was meant to test "the capabilities and readiness of missile systems to respond to any possible aggression." It says the war games were held on Sunday. (AP Photo/SANA) EDITORIAL USE ONLY