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    U.S. ARMY HEARS ABOUT IDF TACTICS IN TERRITORIES Amos Harel, Haaretz, 7/29/03 http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/323374.html U.S. Army hears about IDF
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      U.S. ARMY HEARS ABOUT IDF TACTICS IN TERRITORIES
      Amos Harel, Haaretz, 7/29/03
      http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/323374.html


      U.S. Army hears about IDF tactics in territories

      By Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondent



      An American military delegation recently visited
      Israel to hear first hand from IDF officers about
      army tactics in the territories. The Americans
      were interested how the IDF responded to guerrilla
      warfare that evolved in the territories because of
      the similarity to what they are now encountering
      in Iraq.




      There is growing concern in the
      U.S. administration and
      military about the growing
      number of attacks on American
      troops in Iraq. Since President
      Bush declared in May that the
      war was over, around 50
      soldiers have been killed.

      The Americans have accumulated

      their own experience in similar situations,
      including Somalia in the 1990s, but still
      wanted to hear Israeli views.

      The practice began more than a year ago, long
      before the Americans invaded Iraq, when several
      U.S. delegations came to Israel to examine IDF
      experience in built-up areas in the West Bank
      and Gaza, especially during Operation Defensive
      Shield.

      The information exchange continued in recent
      weeks. The commander of the Golani brigade,
      Col. Moshe Tamir, gave a lecture to a group of
      Army and Marines officers on the battles his
      brigade has seen in the last two years.

      The current delegation includes relatively high
      ranking officers from the ground forces and
      Marines. Among the issues they want to examine
      are handling guerrillas in a civilian
      environment, defending forces from attacks,
      such as patrols in jeeps - the Americans tend
      to use open Humvees, IDF troops armored jeeps -
      the use of checkpoints, searches in houses and
      cars and dealing with suicide attackers.

      In accordance with instructions from the
      American army, they are not visiting the
      territories, but they did visit a checkpoint on
      the Green Line for a first hand look at how a
      checkpoint is run.

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