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Israeli, US Troops Drill With Greek Forces in Live-Fire Exercises

February 23, 2023

ATHENS – Seeking foreign alliances against Turkish provocations, Greece conducted live-fire military exercises that saw Greek soldiers side-by-side with their counterparts from Israel and the United States.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that during the several-day exercise, troops of the IDF Oz Brigade — known as the commando brigade — and the Nahal Brigade’s reconnaissance battalion took part, said the Times of Israel.

The IDF had admitted that one of its soldiers accidentally shot and killed Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh while she was covering a protest, but US President Joe Biden declined to take any action.

Israeli Troops Drill With Greek Forces in Live-Fire Exercises. (Photo by Hellenic National Defence General Staff/EUROKINISSI)

The IDF said the drill focused on urban warfare, logistics during combat, nighttime warfare, engineering operations, artillery, and border defense.

“This is a significant milestone in the relationship between the armies to improve the ability to deal with regional threats,” the IDF said, the paper reported. It wasn’t disclosed where the drills took place.

Greece and the US have renewed a military cooperation deal aimed at increasing the American military presence and adding bases around the country. They have also deployed drones at a Greek airbase.

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