IDF resumes military exercises on Golan

Drills involving thousands of troops meant to implement lessons from Lebanon War.

September 19, 2007 21:30
IDF resumes military exercises on Golan

idf golan drill 224.88. (photo credit: AP)


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Exactly two weeks after IAF planes allegedly infiltrated Syrian airspace and bombed a nuclear installation raising concerns of war, the IDF returned to train on the Golan Heights on Wednesday in a massive display of infantry and armored forces. Hundreds of armored vehicles and thousands of soldiers participated in the three-day exercise which was scheduled to be completed on Thursday. The exercise saw the implementation of a wide-range of lessons learned from the failures of the Second Lebanon War and involved infantry units, armored forces, Engineering Corps and the Air Force. Ahead of the exercise, the IDF Foreign Liaison Office in the Northern Command asked the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) deployed in on both sides of the Israeli-Syrian border to update Damascus about the upcoming exercise. The officials explained that UNDOF was regularly updated about large-scale IDF training exercises in the Golan Heights and asked to relay "claming" messages to the Syrian military. Lt.-Col. Ronen Morali, deputy commander of the Givati Brigade, told reporters Wednesday that the exercise was the culmination of a long training period which has prepared his soldiers for "any challenge ahead."

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