There are several ways to move your VIP and engage with your firearms the threat. We recommend to use hand to hand combat for the touch distance. We are using the pistol when we have a clear line of fire to the attacker. If not we either create line of fire by moving side ways or close the distance to the enemy through the crowd.

We need to give a thought to what type of body mass our VIP have compare to us, sometimes we won't be able to move him at all or need to consider other options.

In the video we are showing a few examples of the options.

*Remember previous to any mission we should plan break a routine plan (change hours of arrival/departure, use different exists/routes, different cars/car as decoy and apply counter surveillance tactics such as avoid tracking on foot/car, create a tracking team under cover to see who is following you and follow the bad guys the moment the tracking discovered and much more.

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Updated: Aug 18

Recommended to use ONLY in Close Quarter Combat situation when the enemy is very close

Our school basic training focuses on the lone warrior tactics. The reason why the focus exist is due to the fact that in most cases you won't get help from the outside fast enough.

To be depending ONLY on yourself require implement set of skill and most of all aggressive mind set in-order to face a potential threat.

The individual warrior doctrine developed by the 'Shin - bet' the equivalent agency to the United States F.B.I and U.S Secret Service. The need was clear our special agents were posted world wide in different locations and conducting missions most of the time alone. Therefore the traditional team concepts and tactics common in army units didn't apply to the challenges and require searching for new tactics and ways to complete the mission successfully. One of the missions were 'Active Shooter' or Active Shooters interception but also Executive Protection and Air Marshal.

The individual warrior doctrine tested in battle for decades and proved effective in a fight against terror.

Published incident were the 'Shin-Bet' used the Individual Warrior doctrine:

  • On 18 February 1969, El Al Flight 432, operated Boeing 720-058B, registered 4X-ABB, was attacked at Zürich airport by members of the PLFB while taxiing for takeoff en route from Amsterdam to Tel Aviv, via a Zurich intermediate stop. An Israeli trainee co-pilot was shot, who died a month later from his injuries, with another eight people being wounded. In a firefight involving security personnel aboard the aircraft, one hijacker was killed, while the others were arrested. The hijackers were later put on trial in Winterthur, Switzerland but released following the hijacking of a Swissair aircraft one year later. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Al#Terrorist_attacks_and_incidents

  • On 6 September 1970, El Al Flight 219 from Tel Aviv to New York, with a stopover in Amsterdam, operated by a Boeing 707-458C registered 4X-ATB, was the target of an attempted hijacking by Leila Khaled and Patrick Argüello, members of the Sandinistas working in concert with the PLFB after taking off from Amsterdam. The hijacking was meant to be one of the Dawson's Field hijackings, but it was thwarted by the pilot and on-board air marshal. The aircraft diverted to Heathrow Airport, where Argüello and Khaled were turned over to British authorities; Argüello, who was shot earlier, died en route to a hospital https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Al#Terrorist_attacks_and_incidents

  • On 4 July 2002, Hesham Mohamed Hadayet shot six Israeli passengers (resulting in two deaths) at El Al's ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport before he was shot and killed by an El Al security guard.[122] Two of the victims died. Although not linked to any terrorist group, Hadayet, an Egyptian, espoused anti-Israeli views and was opposed to US policy in the Middle East.[123] The US Federal Bureau of Investigation classified the shooting as a terrorist act, one of the few on US soil since the September 11, 2001 attacks. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Al#Terrorist_attacks_and_incidents

  • On 17 November 2002, El Al FLight 581, a flight operated by a Boeing 767-258(ER) from Tel Aviv to Istanbul, registered 4X-EBS, was the scene of an attempted hijacking by Tawfiq Fukra, a twenty-three-year-old Israeli Arab reportedly armed with a pocket knife. Fukra attempted to break into the cockpit in order to fly the aircraft back to Israel and crash it into a building. He was apprehended by on-board security personnel https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Al#Terrorist_attacks_and_incidents

The doctrine was tested in countless more incidents in other branches of the Shin - Bet, simply the incident can't be disclose here in this article.

Some of the doctrine principals for CQB only situations:

  • Don't be a by stander: You are the general in charge nobody will make the decision better then you - if you passive people will die, therefore the best alternative is to fight

  • Aggressive 100 % mind set: Mark Twain was saying "it's not the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight at the dog" - explanation: Since you are alone and nobody will help you - take the initiative and attack the attacker fast and aggressive - even if the attacker attack you first - even if the attacker have an advantage the more aggressive in the fight will win.

  • Limited penetration room clearing tactics is the chosen tactics for the individual warrior doctrine - since you are alone the main concept is not to enter spaces if you don't need to alone. More about the limited penetration coming soon on this blog.

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Updated: Apr 6

The events in Rome

At 09:10 a.m. on Dec. 27, 1985 four terrorists attacked El-Al's ticket counters at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport in Rome. The terrorists opened machine gun fire from three directions and threw hand grenades at El-Al passengers from the bar opposite the airline's counters. Approximately 60 people were in the area of the bar at the time. The counters opened half an hour before and were crowded with passengers. Dozens of passengers also filled the adjacent Trans World Airlines (TWA) counters, which handled two other flights.

13 people were killed in the attack, and 76 were injured. Three of the perpetrators were killed by Israeli security staff, who returned fire towards the sources of the shooting. One terrorist was captured wounded. The incident took place over 15-20 seconds overall.

The events in Vienna

On the same day, Dec. 27, 1985, El-Al's ticket counters at Vienna International Airport were also attacked by terrorists. Three passengers (two Austrians and one Israeli) were killed, and 44 were injured in this attack.

133 outbound passengers were registered to the El-Al flight from Vienna to Tel Aviv. At the time of the attack, 09:10 a.m., approximately 60 El-Al passengers were in the terminal. Three terrorists ascended a staircase, threw four or five hand grenades from above into the terminal, and then shot bursts of gunfire.

Two security guards closest to the staircase immediately returned fire towards the terrorists and prevented them from ascending any further. As the gunfight continued, the terrorists retreated, descended the staircase and exited the terminal, reaching the car park. One of the terrorists seized a Mercedes vehicle from its fleeing owner, collected the other two perpetrators and quickly drove off, seeking to leave the airport.

The Israeli security guards gave chase and asked Austrian policemen, who were sitting in several cars in the area, to drive after the terrorists' vehicle. The security guards shot at the terrorists, who returned fire and threw a hand grenade at the pursuers during the chase.

The terrorists missed the airport exit, reached a dead end and had to turn back. Being wounded, they lost control of the vehicle and stopped. The Austrian policemen with service dogs captured the terrorists. 19 shots were found to have hit the Mercedes. One terrorist was killed, and two were captured wounded. The incident, from its beginning until the end of the chase, took place over approximately 60 seconds.

video:

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4yvkki

Here it a version of the as published in the I.S.A (Israeli Security Agency) known also as Shin-Bet Website:

https://www.shabak.gov.il/english/heritage/affairs/Pages/AttacksattheAirports1985.aspx

Another version of this incident is published in Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1985_Rome_and_Vienna_airport_attacks

BBC Archive:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/december/27/newsid_2545000/2545949.stm

Rome International Airport after the attack

Final remarks

The conclusions drawn from the events in Rome and Vienna led to the development of the security doctrine, which is meant to minimize and prevent attacks against travelers to Israel. Notably, the reaction of the Israeli security guards in both incidents was very quick, and in Vienna especially it contributed to swift handling of the event with a relatively low number of casualties.