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US, Israel to Hold Most Extensive Joint Military Drill Early 2012

[ 27/07/2011 - 10:42 AM ]


Israel occupation forces and the United States forces will hold the most extensive yet joint anti-missile drill early 2012, the Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday.

The drill, tagged Juniper Cobra, aims at improving coordination between the two armed forces, using the pretext of "fears" of Iran's nuclear program heighten, according to the paper (The fact is that the Israeli occupation apartheid state is the only nuclear power in the Middle East).

The exercises will include the ''Arrow 2 and Iron Dome as well as America's THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) and the ship-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System. The exercise will likely include the actual launching of interceptors from these systems,'' Jerusalem Post added.

The Israeli occupation government air force and US missile defense agency have cooperated in joint anti-missile drills for the past five years, but the upcoming exercise will be the ''most complicated and extensive'', JPost said.


IOF soldiers kidnap five foreign solidarity activists

[ 27/07/2011 - 09:57 AM ]


Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnapped seven participants in a peaceful protest march in Walaja village, west of Bethlehem, on Wednesday, local sources said.

Member of the popular committee to resist the wall and settlement in the village Ala’a Al-Daras said that a massive march started from the village and headed to its agricultural land where the soldiers were bulldozing the area to prepare for construction of a section of the segregation wall.

He said that the soldiers assaulted the participants beating them with batons and rifle butts leading to a violent confrontation during which seven participants including five foreigners were arrested.

Daras explained that the IOF soldiers tried to foil the march by installing a road barrier at the entrance to the village.

IOF bulldozers had started leveling vast areas of Ein Juwaiza area in Walaja village on Tuesday to pave the way for the construction of a section of the separation wall and uprooted tens of fruitful trees in the process.

The soldiers kidnapped a Mexican delegation that included MPs and journalists after trying to prevent the soldiers from destroying the trees and the cultivated land lots.

Seven Palestinians kidnapped in IOF raids of West Bank

 [ 27/07/2011 - 09:30 AM ]


Seven Palestinians have been kindapped at dawn Wednesday in Israeli occupation forces’ raids of the West Bank, Israeli daily Ynet has reported.

Locals reported scores of IOF soldiers invaded various areas of the Jenin refugee camp and nabbed two men after questioning their families and ascending to nearby roof tops.

Sources have also reported that more IOF raids in the camp inflicted ''moderated damage'' to a local's vehicle.

Elsewhere, IOF troops set up checkpoints outside of Yamoun village west of Jenin city during a far-reaching combing of the area.

On Tuesday, military jeeps raided Bani Naim, located northeast of Al-Khalil city in southern West Bank, setting up an hours-long military checkpoint there.

Three unidentified men were blindfolded, kidnapped, and taken to an unknown destination in the search.


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