Israel holds flight exercise ahead of Iran talks

By Aron Heller

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Oct. 10 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

JERUSALEM — In an apparent message to Iran, the Israeli military says it has carried a "special long-range flight exercise" and posted rare footage of the drill online.

The military said Thursday that its squadrons practiced refueling planes in midair this week and tested the air force's ability. Footage shows a tanker plane refueling a fighter jet midair.

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

Israeli officials said the drill took place over Greece, a key regional ally. The military has done similar drills in the past but releasing the footage appears aimed at sending a message to Iran before the talks that a viable military options remains.

The U.S. and its allies accuse Iran of developing nuclear weapons.

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