All quiet on the Golan

Israel signaled a drop-off in military tensions with Syria over the Golan Heights.

Military sources said Wednesday that troops scheduled to hold war games on the Golan had been relocated to southern Israel, in a bid to defuse a simmering stand-off with Syria. 

Earlier this summer, with Syrian President Bashar Assad offering Jerusalem renewed peace talks but also hinting that his country could use force to regain the Golan, Israel held several large-scale military drills on the strategic plateau.

Military sources said the Golan garrison remains on high alert, though no hostilities are expected imminently. Israel has observed a build-up of Syrian armed forces on the other side of the Golan but believes this is a precautionary rather than offensive measure.

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