November 2, 2018
The IDF's elite "Maglan" special forces and the Israeli Air Force reading for all-out war in a week-long exercise in Cyprus.
The war games was a joint exercise with the Cypriot National Guard, in which forces practiced for a variety of scenarios. Troops practiced counter-terrorism, urban warfare, open terrain warfare, sabotage and combat medicine in a unique exercise which enhanced the IDF's specialized capabilities in scenarios dealing with various terror groups.
This exercise was another milestone in the meaningful cooperation between the armed forces of Israel and Cyprus, as it is the third exercise conducted by the IDF in cooperation with the Cypriot National Guard on Cypriot soil. Joint exercises were conducted with the Cypriot National Guard in Israel as well.
"During the exercise, the soldiers of the "Maglan" unit were engaged in complex missions and demonstrated professionalism and combat readiness, as part of the ongoing cooperation between the armies in recent years," said Maglan Commander Lt. Col. R.:
"Over the course of the week the troops dealt with dynamic and alternating assignments, adverse weather conditions and detailed enemy simulation. The unique nature of this exercise is that it presents a tactical, physical and mental challenge to the forces, and I am proud to report that the soldiers and commanders have dealt with all the tasks in an exceptional manner."
Cypriot International Cooperation Unit head Lt. Col. Adonis Charalambous added that "This is a significant exercise that illustrates the ongoing cooperation between the Cypriot army and the IDF in recent years." "Our soldiers gain significant experience in every joint exercise with IDF commando units, especially in the areas of urban warfare and combat techniques. We are concluding an outstanding exercise and are confident that the successful cooperation with the IDF will continue in the future."