| USWorld

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Israel holds military exercise in run up to talks with Iran

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, 9:48 p.m.

JERUSALEM — In an apparent message to Iran, the Israeli military said on Thursday it had carried out a “special long-range flight exercise” and posted rare footage of the drill online.

The military said its squadrons practiced refueling planes in midair this week and tested the air force's ability. The accompanying footage shows a tanker plane refueling a fighter jet midair, a key part of any long-range operation.

The release of the video comes just days before Western powers are to open new talks with Iran over its disputed nuclear program.

The United States and its allies accuse Iran of using its civilian nuclear program as a cover to develop nuclear weapons. Israel has repeatedly warned that it would be willing to take military action if necessary to stop Iran from going nuclear.

The talks on Iran's nuclear program will be held next week with the five permanent U.N. Security Council members — the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France — plus Germany, collectively known as the P5+1.

President Obama disclosed last week that U.S. intelligence agencies believe Iran continues to be a year or more away from building a nuclear weapon, in contrast to Israel's assessment that Tehran is closer.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. ‘Early Mona Lisa’ painting traced to English noble
  2. Israel responds to rocket strike by rogue jihadists in Gaza Strip
  3. Pakistan fervent about anti-blasphemy law
  4. ‘Unprecedented’ Russian military activity in Baltic Sea region, Poland says
  5. Why was Sydney attacker — who had extensive criminal past — on the streets?
  6. Abbas seeks talks on U.N. Security Council resolution for Palestinian state
  7. Korean-American aid worker charged in China
  8. Kurds apply pressure to Islamic State
  9. Thousands in Spain protest ban on demonstrations, burning national flag
  10. Exit poll: Ex-regime official Essebsi is Tunisia’s new president
  11. Kurds bring fight to Islamic State in contested Iraqi town
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.