U.S. Sends 600 Troops and Antimissile Systems to Defend Israel

(New York Times) Ariel Sharon, the Israeli prime minister, has informed American officials that Israel plans to strike back if it is successfully attacked by Iraq. Israel, however, would be under less pressure to respond if Iraqi missiles were intercepted by a combined American-Israeli defense. According to the Israeli plan, the Arrow system would try to shoot down Iraqi Scuds at high altitudes. American and Israeli-operated Patriots would concentrate on Scuds that leaked through, intercepting them at lower altitudes.

2003-01-16 00:00:00

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