Urban warfare is combat conducted in urban areas such as towns and cities. This type of combat is very different from combat in open or inhabited areas, like in the jungle or the desert, at both the operational and tactical level. Complicating factors in urban warfare include the presence of civilians and the complexity of the urban terrain. Given the nature of current threats to the homeland, being effective in an urban environment is crucial to the modern warfighter. The Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) facility provides the training ground for this effectiveness.
This video shows U.S. Marines and Sailors with the Combined Anti-Armor Team of Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducting force-on-force urban combat training at a Military Operations in Urban Terrain training facility using Special Effects Small Arms Marking System paint rounds. For purposes of the exercise, the platoon split into teams of approximately 15 Marines, with one team defending the facility while the other attempted to eliminate the defenders.
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