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Обзор текущих военных операций в мире и вооруженных конфликтов

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Истребитель-бомбардировщик ВВС Израиля F-16A/B Netz

«Ястреб» - так переводится с иврита название истребителя-бомбардировщик F-16A/B «Нец», долгие годы бывшего основным самолетом истребительной авиации Израиля. Его боевая служба в израильских Военно-воздушных силах началась почти тридцать шесть лет назад, когда 2 июля 1980 года первые истребители F-16A/B «Нец» приземлились на авиабазе Рамат-Давид. С тех пор десятки «Ястребов» совершили 474 тысячи боевых и тренировочных вылетов и провели в воздухе 335 тысяч часов.

IDF Special Forces units hold joint military exercise in Cyrpus

Three IDF special forces units are flown to Cyprus by surprise in order to conduct joint military exercises with the Cypriot National Guard; exercises include combat drills in mountainous terrain, subterranean tunnels, forested landscapes and urban environments.

War of Independence

                                                            The Battle for the Roads

A unique feature characterizing the first phase of the War of Independence up to May (1948) was the "battle for the roads." The vast majority of Palestine's main roads ran through areas populated by Arabs, and by controlling the roads, the Arabs could effectively lay siege to areas of Jewish settlement. In March, having failed to capture Jewish settlements, the Arab forces concentrated on the battle for the roads, while continuing their attacks on outlying districts in the mixed towns and on settlements in the north, the Jerusalem mountains, and the Negev. Nevertheless, a convoy of armored trucks succeeded in making the trip from Negbah to Gat, which had been cut off for a long period, and an Arab arms convoy was ambushed and destroyed near Kiryat Motzkin. In general, the Arabs scored considerable success in the battle for the roads: on March 26 Jewish traffic on the coastal road leading to the Negev came to a complete stop; a convoy on its way back to Jerusalem from the Ezyon bloc was trapped near al-Nabi Daniyal and another, which tried to reach Yehiam, was ambushed and wiped out.

Throughout this period, however, the Jewish defense forces made substantial progress in organization and training. By the end of March, 21,000 men aged 17-25 were under arms. The manufacture of antitank projectiles, submachine guns, and explosives was greatly stepped up, and large quantities of light arms, purchased in Czechoslovakia, were expected to arrive. The yishuv's air force consisted of 30 light planes for reconaissance, transportation, and supply to isolated areas. The Arab forces-both the locally organized National Guard and the volunteers from the Arab states - were also growing.