Thursday, July 28, 2016

IDF commandos, US Marines train together against terror threats

‘Noble Shirley’ drill in Israel’s Negev desert aimed at preparing American forces for combating Islamic State.

(Times of Israel) Elite Israel Defense Forces naval commandos and the US Marine Corps last week conducted a joint military exercise in the Negev Desert aimed at preparing American forces for combating regional terror groups, including the Islamic State.

The soldiers took part in simulated helicopter landings in enemy territory, tunnel warfare scenarios and extractions under fire, a Channel 2 TV report said Thursday.

Israeli commanders reportedly demonstrated IDF counterterrorism tactics to US forces to be used in the US campaign against the Islamic State and other jihadist groups in the Middle East.

Israeli commandos from the elite naval unit Shayetet 13 trained alongside the US Marines Corps Battalion Landing Team, the 6th Marine Regiment, and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit.