|Combo: US Marines and Israeli soldiers.|
The same U.S. Marine group that is participating in the controversial 'Realistic Urban Training' drills at locations throughout Los Angeles this week trained with the Israeli Defense Forces in Israel just a few months ago, in a similar exercise.
U.S. Marines from the Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) went to the ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER in March and were pictured [above] and quoted in a U.S. military press release: "The Marines and IDF worked together to clear the town of simulated insurgents that were played by IDF soldiers. It was a very realistic and effective training evolution. This was an incredible training opportunity. Both the Israeli forces and MEU would like to build on the foundation laid during this exercise and hope to be able to increase the opportunities to train together in the future," a U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. spokesman said.