In Signal to Israel and Iran, Obama Delays War Exercise by Gareth Porter and Jim Lobe

by Gareth Porter and Jim Lobe
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
crossposted at IPS
January 16, 2012

WASHINGTON, Jan 16, 2012 (IPS) – The postponement of a massive joint U.S.-Israeli military exercise appears to be the culmination of a series of events that has impelled the Barack Obama administration to put more distance between the United States and aggressive Israeli policies toward Iran.

The exercise, called “Austere Challenge ’12” and originally scheduled for April, was to have been a simulation of a joint U.S.-Israeli effort to identify, track and intercept incoming missiles by integrating sophisticated U.S. radar systems with the Israeli Arrow, Patriot and Iron Dome anti-missile defence systems.

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