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New CENTCOM chief visits Israel as Iran nuclear talks drag on

Gen. Michael Kurilla's visit comes as Israel seeks a Plan B in case the Vienna talks fail.
US Army Lt. Gen. Michael Kurilla arrives to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The newly confirmed commander of US military forces in the Middle East, US Army Gen. Michael “Erik” Kurilla, arrived in Israel on Tuesday on his first official tour of the region since taking on his new role.

Kurilla is expected to meet with Israel Defense Forces chief Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi and Defense Minister Benny Gantz during the two day visit, according to the IDF. He will also hold a panel discussion with the IDF’s strategic planning, operations and intelligence chiefs.

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