DAMASCUS, Syria -- An Israeli strike on Syrian targets in Lebanon last week presented the first real test for Bashar Assad, Syria's young, Western-educated president of less than a year.
The reaction was reminiscent of old-style Syria.
First came the silence, then the unnamed "official source" condemning the aggression, and, finally, four days later, came the president's vow to retaliate. But there has been no real indication of how Syria might respond.
Three Syrian soldiers were killed and six others wounded in the Israeli airstrike that destroyed a Syrian radar post in the mountains of Lebanon.
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