U.S. Takes Israeli Urban War Tips to Iraq

(AP/Newsday) - Steve Weizman With U.S. forces in Iraq coming up against suicide attackers and hostile forces mingling with civilians, the military has been listening closely to Israeli experts and picking up tips from years of Israeli army operations in Palestinian areas and Lebanese towns. Martin Van Creveld, professor of military history and strategy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, told U.S. Marine Corps officers in September that the most effective tools during battles in Jenin were Apache helicopters and giant, armored D9 bulldozers that cut wide swaths through alleys to clear the way for tanks. Israeli security sources said the American military requested - and received - reports on the Israeli army's techniques in built-up Palestinian areas, including videotaped records of incursions.

2003-04-03 00:00:00

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