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Jets roar as US, Japan, Australia drill in Pacific

February 7, 2013 • World News


Members of the 374th Airlift Wing of U.S. Air Force work on a C-130 aircraft during the Cope North military exercises at Andersen U.S. Air Force Base in Guam Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. Fighter jets from the U.S. and two key allies roared into Western Pacific skies Thursday in the combat phase of exercises that have gained importance as the region responds to the rise of China and other potential threats. The Cope North exercises – which could soon swell in participants – are aimed at preparing the air forces of the U.S., Japan and Australia to fight together if a military crisis erupts. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (AP) — Fighter jets from the U.S. and two key allies roared into western Pacific skies in the combat phase of annual exercises that have gained importance as the region responds to the rise of China and other potential threats.

The Cope North drills — which could soon swell in participants — are aimed at preparing air forces of the U.S., Japan and Australia to fight together if a military crisis erupts. They also send a vivid reminder to Beijing that America’s regional alliances are Login to read more

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