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Israeli army paratroopers train near Tel Aviv, Israel

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Israeli army paratroopers take part in a training jump in full battle gear over the Palmachim military base near Tel Aviv, Israel, on 13 Sept. 2011. Although the Paratroopers Brigade has had only one operational combat parachute drop ever, during the 1956 Sinai War, volunteers accepted into the elite unit undergo operational training jumps with all the equipment needed for battle.

Abir Sultan / EPA

Abir Sultan / EPA

Abir Sultan / EPA