Defense minister suggests Israel responsible for airstrike on Syria

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MUNICH (AP) - Israel's defense minister is indicating that the Jewish state was behind an airstrike on Syria that U.S. officials say targeted anti-aircraft weapons bound for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

At a security conference in Germany, Defense Minister Ehud Barak (EH'-hud bah-RAHK') said he could not add anything to what has been reported about the Wednesday strike. But then he went on to suggest the incident was "proof" that when Israel says something it means it. Barak says Israel does not want to see advanced weapons systems brought into Lebanon.

Israeli leaders in recent weeks have expressed a growing concern that Syria's civil war has led to President Bashar Assad losing his grip on the country and on its arsenal, including chemical weapons.

It was the first public comment by an Israeli government official on the strike.

Syria has vowed to retaliate for the airstrike. In a meeting with a top Iranian official today, Assad said his country is capable of confronting any aggression.

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