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Video: Soldiers, Dogs and Robots in Urban Warfare

A new IDF video shows the elite “Yahalom” urban combat unit preparing for battle with the help of dogs and robots.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 3/7/2012, 11:32 AM

A new IDF video shows the elite “Yahalom” urban combat unit preparing for battle with the help of dogs and robots that help reduce the danger from terrorists.

Military officers from the United States and other countries have visited and trained at the urban combat center to learn how to cope with the new battlefield of urban areas used by terrorists.

The Yahalom unit, the Hebrew term for “diamond,” uses the latest tools available to deal with sabotage, bomb disposal and the threat from tunnels used by terrorists. The intensive training course lasts for 16 months before they are considered prepared for maneuvers in the field.

The unit is involved in many classified activities, including preventing terrorist attacks and weapons smuggling in the area along the Israel-Egypt border.

Last month, Yahalom soldiers neutralized a powerful explosive device in the border region.