Syria test-fired at least one Scud B missile and other missiles "with accuracy" near the Iraqi border, officials said.The WaPo adds:
State television released footage of the tests, which SANA, the country's official news agency, said were aimed at proving the military's capability "to defend the homeland."
The test-firings "all achieved their goal with accuracy," the report said.
Israeli television reports said Scud B missiles have a range of about 190 miles. The reports said other surface-to-surface missiles, with a range of up to 124 miles, were also fired in the tests.
[T]he combination of missile tests as well as air and ground troops indicate the maneuvers were of a higher-level than the military’s usual annual war games.
A telling detail comes at the end of official Syrian news agency SANA's report on the exercises:
Gen. Rajiha stressed that the armed forces, under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad, will remain loyal to the homeland and will defend the interests of the Syrian people.An unprompted assertion like that would never be stated by a nation confident in its own armed forces.
Syria's leadership is very nervous.