Thursday, September 5, 2013

Israel says missile tested in joint exercise with US

Israel says missile tested in joint exercise with US: Israel on Tuesday launched a missile over the Mediterranean in a joint exercise with the United States that came as Washington mulls punitive air strikes on Syria.
Speculation mounted after the missile firing at 0615 GMT, with Russia's defence ministry saying its early-warning system had detected two ballistic missile launches from the central Mediterranean sea fired towards the eastern coastline, where Syria is located.
But the Pentagon said the exercise had no connection to possible attacks against the Syrian regime, and that it was a standard drill designed to assess Israel's missile defences.
"This test had nothing to do with United States consideration of military action to respond to Syria's chemical weapons attack," Pentagon spokesman George Little said