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Report: Israel, eyeing Syria and Lebanon, bolsters forces

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Soldiers of the Bardales Battalion train in urban warfare on an early foggy morning, near Nitzanim in the Arava area of southern Israel, on July 13, 2016.
Hadas Parush/Flash90Soldiers of the Bardales Battalion train in urban warfare on an early foggy morning, near Nitzanim in the Arava area of southern Israel, on July 13, 2016.

Israel’s defense institution is also reportedly taking note of developments with Assad's regime

Israel’s military is allegedly gearing up for a possible operation in Syria and Lebanon against the militant groups based there, according to reports from the nation’s media.

The country’s armed forces are investing around $324 million into combat training initiatives for reserve troops next year, The Jerusalem Post (The Post) reported, which is the highest such budget implemented in five years.

Additionally, Israel’s Northern Command on Thursday engaged in drills at Wadi Ara, a valley which has similar topography to Lebanon, according to Walla! news.

Foreign media outlets allege Israel is ramping up its armed activities within Syria, pointing to reports of attacks in the country.

Syria in recent months has been struck by a barrage of airstrikes, which the country’s media says Israel orchestrated.

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The latest such incident occurred this week, when the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said Israel fired missiles on an empty warehouse south of the capital of Damascus.

On Monday of last week, SANA alleged Israel launched additional airstrikes targeting the center of the country and sites along Syria’s coast.

The strikes wounded two Syrian soldiers, according to SANA.

Israel’s defense institution is also reportedly taking note of developments regarding the regime of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, sources familiar with the matter disclosed to The Post.