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Border Guard wins military's snipers title
Members of border police's 'Mistaarvim' unit win IDF's annual sharpshooting contest. Navy takes second place; IAF takes third
The Border Guard's Mistaarvim Unit has won the IDF's sharpshooters championship, held Thursday.


The Mistaarvim ("Arabized") Unit is an elite counter-terrorism force whose members serve in various IDF divisions.


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The Mistaarvim force is lead by Chief Superintendent Y. – the defense establishment's most decorated officer.


Second place went to the Navy Commandos, while the IAF's elite Shaldag ("Kingfisher") commando unit took the third place.


The championship was held at the Adam Base, which houses the defense forces' counter-terror training facility.


According to a Friday report in Yedioth Ahronoth, all military units participated in the championship – each sending a team of two – excluding Sayeret Matkal, the IDF's elite Special Forces unit.


The judging panel comprised former military sharpshooting instructors as well as reservists who serve as judges in civilian sharpshooting contests.


Lt.-Col Lior Kenan, commander of the IDF's counter-terrorism unit, congratulated the winners, adding: "The true victory is holding the competition and having all IDF units participate in future events."



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