U.S., Israeli military drill set for October-November

WASHINGTON Fri Jun 29, 2012 5:41pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Israel are expected to hold a delayed, joint military exercise sometime around October or November, after postponing it earlier this year, the top U.S. military officer said on Friday.

Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he wasn't sure what the final decision was on timing after high-level talks in Israel this week.

"We rescheduled it for October-November time frame," Dempsey said. "I really don't know what the final decision was, but it is our expectation that that's when the event will occur."

The air-defense drill, named "Austere Challenge 12," was scheduled for the spring and had been expected to be the largest exercise between the two allies, who regularly hold joint military maneuvers.

(Reporting By Phil Stewart; editing by Todd Eastham)

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Fromkin wrote:
Just in time for Obama reelection.

Jun 29, 2012 6:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Is this proposed joint military exercise an American-Israeli one, or the other way around? It has to be considered that the Israeli nuclear capability is estimated to be now beyond the control of the US being possibly up to 400 nuclear warheads that are completely outside the inspection of the IAEA.

Jun 29, 2012 11:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Is this proposed joint military exercise an American-Israeli one, or the other way around? It has to be considered that the Israeli nuclear capability is estimated to be now beyond the control of the US being possibly up to 400 nuclear warheads that are completely outside the inspection of the IAEA.

Jun 29, 2012 11:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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