Israel, US hold small-scale joint war game
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Israel, US hold small-scale joint war game

The so-called Juniper Falcon drill began on Thursday and will continue until February 15, according to Israeli media. It involves a limited 300 American and 400 Israeli forces from various units. Israeli media reports said the exercise is part of an agreement between Washington and Tel Aviv to hold training drills on a regular basis. The Israeli air force said that the maneuver included “operational orders which may be utilized in the future.” Last March, a similar exercise was held with the participation of more than 2,500 forces from the US European Command and 2,000 Israeli soldiers. Israel simulates war on Lebanon Separately, on Thursday, Israel completed a week-long military drill in the mountainous areas of the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank, simulating war on Lebanon. Israeli Army spokesman Avichay Adraee said the regime’s forces drilled occupying and burning areas while evacuating casualties under fire. Israel waged two all-out wars against Lebanon — in 2000 and 2006 — but fell short of its military objectives in both cases in the face of strong resistance by the Hezbollah resistance movement and the Lebanese Army. Ever since the latest military confrontation, the Tel Aviv regime has been apparently practicing for a future war. Hezbollah says, however, that Israel is in no position militarily to wage and endure another war. In late January, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s leader, mocked Israeli military activities. In December last year, Nasrallah’s deputy, Sheikh Naim Qassem, said there was no spot across Israel that would fall outside the range of the Lebanese resistance movement’s missiles. And Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said at a think tank in London also in December 2018 that previous Israeli wars on Lebanon had weakened neither Hezbollah nor Lebanon as a whole.

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