Israeli airstrike magnifies threat

Free Syrian Army fighters run for cover as a tank shell explodes on a wall during heavy fighting in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of DamascusThe danger of Syria’s 22-month-old civil war embroiling its neighborhood became even more evident on Wednesday with confirmation that Israel conducted an airstrike on a military target inside its war-torn neighbor.

“I don’t think there is any disagreement that the situation is serious… that it threatens to spill over into surrounding nations,” Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain said at the McCain Institute in Washington on Wednesday. “The situation in Syria could have significant and profound effects throughout the Middle East.”

More than 60,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, according to the United Nations. Lakhdar Brahimi, the U.N.-Arab League special envoy for Syria, told the Security Council this week that Syria had plunged into “unprecedented levels of horror.”

Such dire warnings have increased pressure on the…


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