1. SHADY

    Israel Assuaged Assad

    In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, damaged buildings wrecked by an Israeli airstrike are seen in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, May 5, 2013. Israeli warplanes struck areas in and around the Syrian capital early Sunday, setting off a series of explosions as they targeted a shipment of highly accurate, Iranian-made guided missiles believed to be on their way to Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group, officials and activists said. The attack, the second in three days, signaled a sharp escalation of Israel's involvement in Syria's bloody civil war. Syria's state media reported that Israeli missiles struck a military and scientific research center near the Syrian capital and caused casualties. (AP Photo/SANA)

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    As Syrian anger over Israel’s airstrike continues to escalate, new details about the attack are shedding light on Israel’s shaky plan. After claiming responsibility for the incident in Damascus, the Israeli government allegedly attempted to calm President Bashar al-Assad by telling him that their intention was not to “weaken him.” Previous statements by Israel suggest the opposite. Speaking to press Saturday, the Israeli government said the attack was aimed at a shipment of weapons headed to Hezbollah—a Shia Islamist militant group and one of Assad’s strongest allies. Officials claim Israel’s actions are an attempt to avoid taking sides in Syria’s bloody two-year civil war, which has already left more than 700,000 dead.

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