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Old 11-13-2012, 22:58   #31
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Originally Posted by tsmo1066 View Post
The two quotes you added are opinions from ONE committee member.

The Caracal Battallion and its success are a matter of record that can't be denied.
According to this article:
Border shootout proves mettle of mixed-gender IDF unit
The Caracal battalion, comprised of 60 percent women, patrols the volatile Israeli-Egyptian border

Women were barred from combat until 2000, the year Caracal was introduced as a way to ease females into combat duty. The unit was positioned in areas along Israelís borders with Jordan and Egypt. For years, the territory was calm, largely because Israel has peace deals with both neighbors. Soldiers who were there mostly worked to prevent drug and weaponsí smuggling and while they were trained to neutralize an armed threat, they rarely faced one.

But in the last year and a half, since the fall of longtime Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, Caracalís usual patrolling area near Egypt has become a hotbed of militant activity. Egyptís vast Sinai peninsula is home to Islamic extremists who have staged attacks against Egyptian and Israeli targets. The Jordanian border has remained quiet.
So it appears the unit doesn't have a long combat history.
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