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IDF Commandos and US Marines complete a joint exercise intended to help prepare American forces combat terror groups

“If Thy people go out to battle against their enemy, by whatsoever way Thou shalt send them, and they pray unto Hashem toward the city which Thou hast chosen, and toward the house which I have built for Thy name” I Kings 8:44 (The Israel Bible™)


IDF Commandos and US Marines completed a joint exercise in the Negev called ‘Noble Shirley’ intended to help prepare American forces combat terror groups, a threat the Israeli security forces copes with on a daily basis. During the exercise, the IDF demonstrated for the American troops many of the skills they use against their common enemy.

The drills included forces from the Israeli Air Force and Navy. Israeli commandos from the elite naval unit Shayetet 13, comparable to the US Navy SEALS, trained alongside the US Marines Corps Battalion Landing Team, the 6th Marine Regiment, and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). The exercise simulated helicopter landings in enemy territory, urban and tunnel warfare scenarios and extractions under fire including medical personnel, Channel 2  reported on Thursday.


The live-fire exercise, what the IDF soldiers call ratoov (wet), was the latest in a series of routine bilateral training exercises seeking to improve collaboration and interoperability between the Israeli and American forces. The first Noble Shirely exercise was held in March 2014. This was a routine training exercise and is not associated with or in response to real-world events.

The exercise comes three weeks after the two countries tested the joint US-Israeli missile defense systems, and the David’s Sling missile interceptor system which is still under development.  These systems have seen real The US has either


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