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US-Israel military exercise tests defence against missile attack by Syria or Iran

American and Israeli forces have conducted a joint anti-missile exercise to test the Zionist state's defences against possible Syrian or Iranian attacks on Tel Aviv. The exercise took place in the United States in cooperation with the US Missile Defence Agency and tested the "Arrow 2" ballistic missile defence system. Reports claim that the system succeeded in destroying a simulated attack launched from a ship in the Pacific Ocean.

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak described the test as "exceptional", saying that it "moves Israel closer to providing a multi-layered system intended to answer to a variety of threats".

The Arrow system is manufactured in Israel especially for defence against Iran's ballistic missiles Shehab 3 and Sgel 2, as well as the Scud D missiles owned by Syria.

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