US-Israeli military drills designed to send message to Iran

January 25, 2023


The most significant US-Israeli military drills in recent years sent a clear message to Iran that the allies are not too distracted by war in Ukraine and the threat from China to mobilise a large force in the Middle East, analysts said.

The exercises over Israel and the Eastern Mediterranean which started on Monday and will last until Friday, involve live fire and 6,400 US personnel, most of them aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George H W Bush. About 450 troops are on the ground in Israel, an official said.

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