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The crisis between Israel and Hezbollah, sparked on July 12 by the abduction of two servicemen by Hezbollah guerrillas, came as no surprise to Israel.
In a theoretical war game conducted weeks ago by military intelligence that tried to predict the outcome of an abduction of a soldier by Hezbollah, Syria was in the end dragged into a war between Israel and the Shiite militia.
"In that scenario, Israel was forced to attack Syria after Hezbollah leaders took refuge there," a military source told AFP.