A Secret Exercise Between the Israeli Defense Force and US Marines is Revealed

This is what the joint exercise looks like
This is what the joint exercise looks like

In mid-July, Israeli Defense Force and U.S. Marines special forces completed a unique exercise in Israel’s Negev Desert. Its name is “Noble Shirley” and the following are images that were published on American websites by the Marines.

A Marine on the right and an IDF soldier on the left
A Marine on the right and an IDF soldier on the left

The joint exercise is meant to give the Israeli Air Force, Navy, and Army special forces units practice in cooperation with the US Marines. The American special forces are learning from the IDF’s experience in counter-terrorism, which they will then implement against ISIS in the Middle East.

During the exercise, the militaries conducted landing forces with helicopters in enemy lines, urban warfare above- and under-ground and guerilla warfare. Later on, they practiced rescuing wounded soldiers deep inside enemy lines and operating both militaries’ medical systems.

The IDF's Ze'elim training facility
The IDF’s Ze’elim training facility

In addition, the special forces simulated both night-time and day-time combat situations at the IDF’s Ze’elim training facility, which was built to look exactly like a Palestinian city.

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