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USAF Opens Air Defense Facility in Israel

The U.S. Air Force has inaugurated its first permanent facility inside the Israeli Air Force’s Mashabim Air Base in Negev desert, Times of Israel reported Tuesday.

Brig. Gen. Tzvika Haimovitch, chief of Israel’s aerial defense command, said the establishment of U.S. air base will help increase defense partnership between the two countries.

The base’s location is near a U.S. military radar installation built to detect incoming missiles and forecast flight paths, the report noted.

Some U.S. military personnel routinely participate in joint exercises and cooperation programs with Israeli defense forces.

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