Israel downplays unprecedented Turkish-Syrian military drill

Israel on Sunday downplayed an unprecedented Turkish-Syrian joint military drill scheduled to begin Monday, while saying it would be monitoring developments, Channel 2 reported. The exercise is due to take place across the Turkish border, on Syrian territory, and is set to end on April 29. The Turkish military said in a statement that the aim of the drill was "to boost friendship, cooperation and confidence between the two countries' land forces, and to increase the ability of border troops to train and work together." Turkey also announced Sunday that it would sign a memorandum of understanding on military cooperation with Kuwait.