Israel takes part in NATO’s Saber Strike drill for first time

Several dozen soldiers from IDF’s Paratroopers Brigade said participating in major combat exercise near EU’s border with Russia.

A major US-led military exercise with 18,000 soldiers from 19 primarily NATO countries has kicked off in the alliance’s eastern flank involving Poland and the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Non-NATO member Israel will be taking part in Saber Strike for the first time. Several dozen combat soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces’ Paratroopers Brigade will take part, Haaretz reported.

The US Army Europe said Sunday the Saber Strike 18 drill is spread around the region until June 15 as “a demonstration of the commitment and solidarity of the Alliance” at a time when Russia’s military maneuvers are increasingly worrying nearby NATO members.

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