Monday, November 10, 2014

American Military Secret

Kirschen, Dry Bones cartoon,Hamas, IDF, civilian casualties, Gaza, war, Protective Edge,
According to the Jerusalem Post:
​​Chairman of the joint chiefs of staff says US military learning from Israel's "extraordinary lengths" to limit collateral damage and civilian casualties.

"Washington sent a team of senior officers to Israel in September to learn from Israel’s tactics in Operation Protective Edge in Gaza over the summer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey said on Thursday.

Dempsey praised the Israel Defense Forces for taking “extraordinary lengths to limit collateral damage and civilian casualties” in its war against Hamas. The terrorist organization, Dempsey said, “had become very nearly a subterranean society,” burrowing underground and hiding among the civilian population.

“We sent a team of senior officers and non-commissioned officers over to work with the IDF to get the lessons from that particular operation in Gaza,” he told an audience at the Carnegie Endowment.

He referred to the group of officers as the “lessons learned team.”

Dempsey noted Israel’s development of new techniques, such as “roof knocking,” warning residents of an incoming strike.

“They would display leaflets to warn citizens and population to move away from where these tunnels,” the general said. “But look – in this kind of conflict, where you are held to a standard that your enemy is not held to, you’re going to be criticized for civilian casualties.”."-more

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