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Airstrikes may show vulnerability of Syrian air defenses

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WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain, who has long advocated for more forceful US support of the Syrian rebel movement, said Sunday that the two airstrikes just outside of the Syrian capital in recent days — which the Syrian government said were conducted by Israeli forces — were likely to increase pressure on President Obama to act.

One reason, the Arizona Republican said on ‘‘Fox News Sunday,’’ was that the raids appear to weaken an argument that Syria has a far more daunting air defense system than, for example, Libya had under Moammar Khadafy.

“The Israelis seem to be able to penetrate it fairly easily,’’ he said.

McCain was one of several US lawmakers commenting on the airstrikes. Across the Middle East, there was widespread condemnation of the attacks.

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