1. RETALIATION

    Syria Warns of 'Surprise' Response

    Image #: 21025509    An Israeli soldier looks on as a United Nations jeep drives past the Quneitra border crossing between Israel and Syria, in the Golan Heights, on the Israeli side of the 1973 ceasefire line with Syria January 31, 2013. Israeli forces attacked a convoy on the Syrian-Lebanese border overnight, a Western diplomat and regional security sources said on Wednesday, as concern has grown in the Jewish state over the fate of Syrian chemical and advanced conventional weapons. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)       REUTERS /BAZ RATNER /LANDOV

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    One day after an Israeli airstrike killed two in a Damascus research facility, Syrians are still reeling, warning the U.N. of a potential "surprise" response. On Syrian TV Thursday, officials denounced the attack as a violation of the military disengagement agreement formed between the two nations in 1974."Syria holds Israel and those who protect it in the Security Council fully responsible for the results of this aggression and affirms its right to defend itself, its land and sovereignty." U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his "grave concern" about the possible escalation of violence in war-torn Syria, where an estimated 60,000 have been killed since March 2011.

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