Every two years, the U.S. and Israel conduct a joint military exercise known as Juniper Cobra. The latest gathering happened this month. The Times of Israel's Judah Ari Gross reports that while the huge exercise focused on air defense, ground troops from the allied nations traded tips on beach landings, urban combat, desert warfare, and more:
Israeli paratroopers and US marines completed a series of exercises over the past week and a half aimed at sharing techniques and knowledge on beach-landings and aspects of urban warfare, as part of the joint Juniper Cobra exercise, officers said.
For the Americans — specifically the US Marine Corps’ 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment — it meant learning how to fight in tunnels, something marines haven’t had to do since the Vietnam War, said battalion commander Lt. Col. Marcuz Mainz.
“It’s a lost art for us,” he said.
For the Israelis — the Paratroopers’ Brigade’s Reconnaissance Battalion — it meant seeing how the marines use light armored vehicles in combat, according to Lt. Ron Semel, the battalion’s training officer.
“We did a joint training session with them, fighting side by side, with the armored vehicles, and the way they used them on the battlefield was really effective,” he said...