A company of US Marines was in Israel last month for joint urban warfare training sessions with Israeli soldiers.
Most of the exercises took place at the IDF’s state-of-the-art Urban Warfare Training Center at the Tze’elim army base in southern Israel.
The Americans had traveled to Israel from their base in Europe. Speaking to the IDF Spokesperson about the experience, Platoon Sgt. Robert Hattenbach said, “We’ve never been to a mock town like that of the IDF.”
A number of the Marines reportedly spoke positively about the size and realistic feel of the IDF training facility.
The IDF’s Urban Warare Training Center has been used repeatedly by the US military to train soldiers preparing to deploy in Iraq and Afghanistan, where urban warfare againt insurgent forces in the norm.
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