US Marines train special intervention troops from MAI, SPPS and MJ in counter-terrorism

In the context of the approval of the National Security Strategy, which provides for an integrated and proactive approach to terrorist threats and dangers, a team of instructors from the US Marines, and US Navy Special Forces is in Moldova to train special intervention troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI), the State Protection and Security Service (SPPS) and the Ministry of Justice (MJ).

Within the framework of the strategic cooperation between the Ministry of Interior and the US Embassy in Chisinau, six days of practical training will take place for the task forces of the Lightning Special Purpose Brigade of the IGP, the Scorpion Special Purpose Battalion of the IGC, the Panther Special Purpose Detachment of the Ministry of Justice and the special forces of the SPPS.


The Special Troops fighters will be trained by Navy Marines to develop counter-terrorism skills.

This will take place in the field:

  • Theoretical training on first aid in the field of terrorist risk;
  • Joint practical training in the use of weapons in simulated terrorist threat scenarios;
  • Simulations of anti-terrorist interventions in confined spaces;
  • Target shooting on the move on moving and stationary targets.

The training aims to enhance the integrated, inter-agency approach to counter-terrorism intervention by all special forces with counter-terrorism responsibilities.

US assistance in the preparation and training of Moldova’s counter-terrorism task forces is part of the international plan to share experience and best practices in integrated preparedness for anticipating and responding to terrorist attacks worldwide.

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