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IDF’s new 99th Division wraps up its first drill, simulating war in north

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Troops of the 99th division following a drill in northern Israel, December 1, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
Troops of the 99th division following a drill in northern Israel, December 1, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

The Israel Defense Forces’ 99th Division wraps up a first five-day drill simulating a sudden outbreak of fighting on the northern frontier, the military says.

The division, established in 2020, includes several infantry, armored, artillery and special forces brigades.

“During the week, the forces of the division, conscripts and reserve troops practiced dealing with challenges and sudden events in several combat fronts at the same time, while focusing on the northern arena,” the IDF says.

The IDF says it placed an emphasis on defending against an attack on the border while moving logistical equipment to the frontier.

The military adds that the division’s first drill finalizes the process of it becoming operational for a future war with the Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon, or other Iran-backed groups in Syria.

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