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Israel names new air force chief.

Occupied Jerusalem, Feb. 6 (Petra) -- Israel's military appointed Major-General Amir Eshel, as the new commander of the Israeli Air Force (IAF), Israeli radio reported Monday.

Minister of Defense Ehud Barak approved the decision by the IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, to appoint Major General Amir Eshel replacing Major General Ido Nechushtan, the radio added.

Eshel is known for his considerable experience as a combat pilot, who fought during the aggression against Lebanon in 1982, served as Commander of Ramon Air Base and as a commander of Tel Nof Airbase.

The new air force chief also participated in the Israeli second war against Lebanon in 2006 and bombing Deir al-Zour in Syria.

//Petra//S KH 6/2/2012 - 12:22:44 PM

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Date:Feb 6, 2012
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