IDF creates commando division

New division to specialize in warfare against asymmetric terrorist threats.

July 7, 2015 18:54
Gadi Eisenkot

Gadi Eisenkot. (photo credit: REUTERS)

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot has ordered the creation of a new commando division which will specialize in warfare against asymmetric terrorist threats, the army announced this week.

Eisenkot, who issued the directive in recent days, called for the new division to be placed under the command of the 98th reserves infantry Division.

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The commando division will be made up of the following elite units: Maglan, which specializes in operating behind enemy lines to gather intelligence on and destroy targets, the Duvdevan undercover unit, the Golani Brigade's special Egoz unit, and the Givati Brigade's desert warfare specialist unit, Ramon.

The brigade will be headed by Col. David Zibi, who is currently the Central Command's Operation Branch Officer.

Meanwhile, the IDF announced a series of new senior appointments, including the appointment of Brig.-Gen. Amir Abulafia as commander of the 162nd Armored Division, Brig.-Gen. Oren Avman as commander of the Mali Ground Forces training center, and Brig.-Gen. Yehuda Fux as Gaza Division Commander.

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