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US military testing Iron Dome in Guam – report

An Iron Dome anti-rocket battery seen in the city of Haifa, on August 30, 2013. (Gili Yaari/Flash90)
An Iron Dome anti-rocket battery seen in the city of Haifa, on August 30, 2013. (Gili Yaari/Flash90)

The US military is testing Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system on the Pacific island of Guam amid concerns over potential Chinese attacks, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The report notes tests that the US Army held in New Mexico this August and says that while the Iron Dome is less effective against cruise missiles than the projectiles launched by Gaza-based Palestinian terror groups, it is able to intercept some cruise missiles traveling below the speed of sound.

The newspaper also cites analysts questioning whether Guam was the best place to deploy the Iron Dome, suggesting it would be better suited for South Korea, near the border with North Korea.

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