Avoiding Aggravation of Growing Tensions in the Region
The US and Israeli militaries have postponed large-scale war games scheduled for April, the Israeli defense officials announced today. The military exercise would be rescheduled for the second half of 2012 [AP, 16 January].
It is believed that the missile defense drill, codenamed "Austere Challenge 12,” was postponed to avoid aggravating growing tensions in the region over Iran’s nuclear program.
Thousands of American and Israeli soldiers were to take part in the exercise, which was designed to test multiple Israeli and US air defense systems against incoming missiles and rockets from Iran.