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Assad: Syria ‘Capable of Facing Israel’

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- Standing alongside Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi in Damascus, President Bashar al-Assad said Syria is "capable of facing Israel's ventures."

According to state-run SANA news agency, Assad told reporters, "[T]he Syrian people and their brave army...are able to confront the Israeli risks which constitute one face of this terrorism which targets Syria daily."

Neither leader threatened specific retaliation in response to Israel's airstrikes in Syria last weekend, but Salehi said "it is time to deter the Israeli occupiers from carrying out these aggressions against the peoples of the region."

During Tuesday's surprise visit to Damascus, Salehi said Iran was "fully confident that Syria will emerge victorious from the crisis."

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