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A Norwegian member of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force stands by Israeli soldiers keeping position in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on September 11, 2014 during the release by Al-Qaeda-linked fighters of a group of 45 UN Fijian peacekeepers kidnapped by the Islamist rebels two weeks ago in the Syrian side of the strategic plateau. The peacekeepers, who were snatched from Quneitra on the Syrian side of the strategic plateau on August 28, were released unharmed and said to be in 'good condition,' the spokesperson said. AFP PHOTO / JALAA MAREY (Photo credit should read JALAA MAREY/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers play music during a break of their duty at Kerem Shalom Kibbutz in the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip on September 8, 2014. Since the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas militants, following fifty days of fighting, most Israeli residents living near the border with the Palestinian enclave returned to their homes with the army on high alert and new security measures to protect them. AFP PHOTO/ MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
GAZA, PALESTINE - 2014/09/02: Face covered militants from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), holding rifles in Gaza city during a rally to celebrate a week after the Egypt-mediated ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. (Photo by Ahmed Hjazy/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
A Palestinian man kisses a Hamas militant sniper during a parade by Hamas militants in Shejaiya on August 27, 2014. Israel and Palestinians both boasted of victory in the Gaza war but analysts say Hamas received only promises while the conflict aggravated divisions in the Israeli leadership. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK, PALESTINE - 2014/08/22: An Israeli soldier shoots a tear gas canister into a crowd of Palestinian protesters. The Islamic Jihad faction organized protests in solidarity with Gaza, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. As ceasefire talks collapsed completely in Cairo earlier this week, and fighting renewed on Wednesday. Hamas launched a barrage of rockets towards Southern Israel, some reaching as far as Jerusalem and illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, some 80 kilometers away from Gaza. Late Tuesday evening an Israeli missile struck the home of Hamas military commander Muhammad Deif, killing his wife and three-year-old daughter. Deif, according to Hamas reports was not assassinated. On Thursday, three more to military commanders, Muhammad Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Muhammad Barhoum were also killed in airstrikes. In response, Hamas killed what they believed to be collaborators with Israel in Gaza. 18 suspected of having worked with Israeli army intelligence have been killed so far. Late Friday afternoon, a four-year-old Israeli child from Nihal Oz was killed by mortar fire from Gaza. To date, the death toll from the Gaza war stands at 2090 Palestinians and 67 Israelis. (Photo by Anna Ferensowicz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK, PALESTINE - 2014/08/22: On the front lines of protest, as a lone Palestinian protester and two Israeli soldiers face off. The Islamic Jihad faction organized protests in solidarity with Gaza, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. As ceasefire talks collapsed completely in Cairo earlier this week, and fighting renewed on Wednesday. Hamas launched a barrage of rockets towards Southern Israel, some reaching as far as Jerusalem and illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, some 80 kilometers away from Gaza. Late Tuesday evening an Israeli missile struck the home of Hamas military commander Muhammad Deif, killing his wife and three-year-old daughter. Deif, according to Hamas reports was not assassinated. On Thursday, three more to military commanders, Muhammad Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Muhammad Barhoum were also killed in airstrikes. In response, Hamas killed what they believed to be collaborators with Israel in Gaza. 18 suspected of having worked with Israeli army intelligence have been killed so far. Late Friday afternoon, a four-year-old Israeli child from Nihal Oz was killed by mortar fire from Gaza. To date, the death toll from the Gaza war stands at 2090 Palestinians and 67 Israelis. (Photo by Anna Ferensowicz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 file photo, Israeli soldiers enter a tunnel discovered near the Israel Gaza border. They've been dubbed 'lower Gaza,'€ compared to the Underground, the Metro or the subway and depicted as a bone-chilling, strategic threat to Israel. Hamas'€™ web of tunnels is taking center stage in the relentless conflict between the militant group and Israel, with Israel'€™s ground offensive placing their destruction as a key objective. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, File)
FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 file photo, an Israeli soldier stands at the exit of a tunnel discovered near the Israel Gaza border. They'€™ve been dubbed '€œlower Gaza,'€ compared to the Underground, the Metro or the subway and depicted as a bone-chilling, strategic threat to Israel. Hamas'€™ web of tunnels is taking center stage in the relentless conflict between the militant group and Israel, with Israel'€™s ground offensive placing their destruction as a key objective. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, File)
BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK, PALESTINE - 2014/08/22: An Israeli soldier walks past a Banksy graffitti mural in Bethlehem. The Islamic Jihad faction organized protests in solidarity with Gaza, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. As ceasefire talks collapsed completely in Cairo earlier this week, and fighting renewed on Wednesday. Hamas launched a barrage of rockets towards Southern Israel, some reaching as far as Jerusalem and illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, some 80 kilometers away from Gaza. Late Tuesday evening an Israeli missile struck the home of Hamas military commander Muhammad Deif, killing his wife and three-year-old daughter. Deif, according to Hamas reports was not assassinated. On Thursday, three more to military commanders, Muhammad Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Muhammad Barhoum were also killed in airstrikes. In response, Hamas killed what they believed to be collaborators with Israel in Gaza. 18 suspected of having worked with Israeli army intelligence have been killed so far. Late Friday afternoon, a four-year-old Israeli child from Nihal Oz was killed by mortar fire from Gaza. To date, the death toll from the Gaza war stands at 2090 Palestinians and 67 Israelis. (Photo by Anna Ferensowicz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK, PALESTINE - 2014/08/22: An Israeli soldiers gets ready to throw a stun grenade into a group of Palestinian protesters below him. The Islamic Jihad faction organized protests in solidarity with Gaza, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. As ceasefire talks collapsed completely in Cairo earlier this week, and fighting renewed on Wednesday. Hamas launched a barrage of rockets towards Southern Israel, some reaching as far as Jerusalem and illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, some 80 kilometers away from Gaza. Late Tuesday evening an Israeli missile struck the home of Hamas military commander Muhammad Deif, killing his wife and three-year-old daughter. Deif, according to Hamas reports was not assassinated. On Thursday, three more to military commanders, Muhammad Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Muhammad Barhoum were also killed in airstrikes. In response, Hamas killed what they believed to be collaborators with Israel in Gaza. 18 suspected of having worked with Israeli army intelligence have been killed so far. Late Friday afternoon, a four-year-old Israeli child from Nihal Oz was killed by mortar fire from Gaza. To date, the death toll from the Gaza war stands at 2090 Palestinians and 67 Israelis. (Photo by Anna Ferensowicz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 file photo, Israeli soldiers walk through a tunnel discovered near the Israel Gaza border. They've been dubbed '€œlower Gaza,'€ compared to the Underground, the Metro or the subway and depicted as a bone-chilling, strategic threat to Israel. Hamas'€™ web of tunnels is taking center stage in the relentless conflict between the militant group and Israel, with Israel's ground offensive placing their destruction as a key objective. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, File)
FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 file photo, Israeli soldiers enter a tunnel discovered near the Israel Gaza border. They’ve been dubbed “lower Gaza,” compared to the Underground, the Metro or the subway and depicted as a bone-chilling, strategic threat to Israel. Hamas’ web of tunnels is taking center stage in the relentless conflict between the militant group and Israel, with Israel’s ground offensive placing their destruction as a key objective. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, File)
A Palestinian smuggler lowers himself into a smuggling tunnel on the border between Egypt and Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Friday, May, 1, 2009. The Israeli military says its aircraft struck smuggling tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip Friday. It says aircraft went after two tunnels in two separate strikes in response to rocket fire by Palestinian militants. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)
A Palestinian smuggler lowers himself into a smuggling tunnel on the border with Egypt and Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Friday, Aug. 28, 2009. Three Palestinians were killed when a smuggling tunnel running under the Gaza-Egypt border collapsed, said Moiawa Hassanien, a Palestinian health official. Israel and Egypt have blockaded Gaza since the militant group Hamas seized power there in 2007. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)
RAFAH, GAZA STRIP - NOVEMBER 15: Masked Palestinian men prepare to lower a cow into an underground chamber as Palestinians continue to smuggle supplies and animals through tunnels between Rafah, southern Gaza Strip and Egypt as the Gaza crossings remain closed on November 15, 2008 in Rafah, Southern Gaza Strip, Gaza. Israel has tightened the blockade in recent weeks as a response to continued rocket fire by Palestinian militants and assertions on both sides that ceasefire agreements have been violated. Muslims are preparing for Eid al-Adha, celebrated at the end of pilgrimage of the Hajj, purchasing cattle to be slaughtered in commemoration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son for God. (Photo by Abid Katib/Getty Images)
RAFAH, GAZA STRIP - NOVEMBER 15: Masked Palestinian men lower a cow into a underground chamber as Palestinians continue to smuggle supplies and animals through tunnels between Rafah, southern Gaza Strip and Egypt as the Gaza crossings remain closed on November 15, 2008 in Rafah, Southern Gaza Strip, Gaza. Israel has tightened the blockade in recent weeks as a response to continued rocket fire by Palestinian militants and assertions on both sides that ceasefire agreements have been violated. Muslims are preparing for Eid al-Adha, celebrated at the end of pilgrimage of the Hajj, purchasing cattle to be slaughtered in commemoration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son for God. (Photo by Abid Katib/Getty Images)
RAFAH, GAZA STRIP - NOVEMBER 15: Masked Palestinian men prepare to lower a cow into a underground chamber as Palestinians continue to smuggle supplies and animals through tunnels between Rafah, southern Gaza Strip and Egypt as the Gaza crossings remain closed on November 15, 2008 in Rafah, Southern Gaza Strip, Gaza. Israel has tightened the blockade in recent weeks as a response to continued rocket fire by Palestinian militants and assertions on both sides that ceasefire agreements have been violated. Muslims are preparing for Eid al-Adha, celebrated at the end of pilgrimage of the Hajj, purchasing cattle to be slaughtered in commemoration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son for God. (Photo by Abid Katib/Getty Images)
RAFAH, GAZA STRIP - NOVEMBER 15: Masked Palestinian men lower a cow into an underground chamber as Palestinians continue to smuggle supplies and animals through tunnels between Rafah, southern Gaza Strip and Egypt as the Gaza crossings remain closed on November 15, 2008 in Rafah, Southern Gaza Strip, Gaza. Israel has tightened the blockade in recent weeks as a response to continued rocket fire by Palestinian militants and assertions on both sides that ceasefire agreements have been violated. Muslims are preparing for Eid al-Adha, celebrated at the end of pilgrimage of the Hajj, purchasing cattle to be slaughtered in commeration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son for God. (Photo by Abid Katib/Getty Images)
RAFAH, GAZA STRIP - NOVEMBER 15: Masked Palestinian men lower a cow into an underground chamber as Palestinians continue to smuggle supplies and animals through tunnels between Rafah, southern Gaza Strip and Egypt as the Gaza crossings remain closed on November 15, 2008 in Rafah, Southern Gaza Strip, Gaza. Israel has tightened the blockade in recent weeks as a response to continued rocket fire by Palestinian militants and assertions on both sides that ceasefire agreements have been violated. Muslims are preparing for Eid al-Adha, celebrated at the end of pilgrimage of the Hajj, purchasing cattle to be slaughtered in commeration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son for God. (Photo by Abid Katib/Getty Images)
RAFAH, GAZA STRIP - NOVEMBER 15: Masked Palestinian men lower a cow into an underground chamber as Palestinians continue to smuggle supplies and animals through tunnels between Rafah, southern Gaza Strip and Egypt as the Gaza crossings remain closed on November 15, 2008 in Rafah, Southern Gaza Strip, Gaza. Israel has tightened the blockade in recent weeks as a response to continued rocket fire by Palestinian militants and assertions on both sides that ceasefire agreements have been violated. Muslims are preparing for Eid al-Adha, celebrated at the end of pilgrimage of the Hajj, purchasing cattle to be slaughtered in commeration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son for God. (Photo by Abid Katib/Getty Images)
RAFAH, GAZA STRIP - NOVEMBER 15: Masked Palestinian men lower a cow into an underground chamber as Palestinians continue to smuggle supplies and animals through tunnels between Rafah, southern Gaza Strip and Egypt as the Gaza crossings remain closed on November 15, 2008 in Rafah, Southern Gaza Strip, Gaza. Israel has tightened the blockade in recent weeks as a response to continued rocket fire by Palestinian militants and assertions on both sides that ceasefire agreements have been violated. Muslims are preparing for Eid al-Adha, celebrated at the end of pilgrimage of the Hajj, purchasing cattle to be slaughtered in commeration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son for God. (Photo by Abid Katib/Getty Images)
Rafah, : A Palestinian security officer lowers himself into a tunnel leading underground across the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, 07 December 2005, in Rafah, the southern Gaza Strip. Palestinian security forces sealed the two tunnels that had been used to smuggle in arms from neighboring Egypt, the interior ministry said. AFP PHOTO/SAID KHATIB (Photo credit should read SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)
This undated photo released by the Israel Defense Forces on Friday, March 21, 2014, that they claim shows a tunnel dug from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip that stretches hundreds of meters (yards) inside Israel. The Israeli military says it has discovered another tunnel — the biggest so far — dug from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip into Israel and says it was intended for attacks on soldiers and civilians. Hamas spokesman Abu Obeida blamed the tunnel's discovery on recent rains that exposed its opening. (AP Photo/Israeli Defense Forces)
The entrance of a tunnel reportedly dug by Palestinians beneath the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel and recently uncovered by Israeli troops, on October 13, 2013. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated the army 'for exposing the Gaza terror tunnel' at a weekly cabinet meeting this morning. AFP PHOTO / DAVID BUIMOVITCH (Photo credit should read DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP/Getty Images)
EIN HASHLOSHA - OCTOBER 17: In this handout still from a video provided by the U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro (R) visits a recently-discovered tunnel leading from Gaza to Israel October 17, 2013 in Ein HaShlosha, Israel. Ambassador Shapiro demonstrated U.S. support for Israel's security and its right to defend itself. 'It is clear that this tunnel has only one purpose: to carry out terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers,' Shapiro said. (Photo by Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED, ISRAEL - OCTOBER 29: In this handout provided by the Israeli Ministry of Defense, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon tours the recently discovered tunnel linking Gaza to Israel while visiting the Southern Command and the Gaza Division October 29, 2013 along the Israeli border with Gaza. Ya'alon reassured Israelis after the discovery of the tunnel that security on the southern border was strong. (Photo by Alon Besson/Ministry of Defense via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED, ISRAEL - OCTOBER 29: In this handout provided by the Israeli Ministry of Defense, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon tours the recently discovered tunnel linking Gaza to Israel while visiting the Southern Command and the Gaza Division October 29, 2013 along the Israeli border with Gaza. Ya'alon reassured Israelis after the discovery of the tunnel that security on the southern border was strong. (Photo by Alon Besson/Ministry of Defense via Getty Images)
EIN HASHLOSHA - OCTOBER 17: In this handout still from a video provided by the U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro (R) visits a recently-discovered tunnel leading from Gaza to Israel October 17, 2013 in Ein HaShlosha, Israel. Ambassador Shapiro demonstrated U.S. support for Israel's security and its right to defend itself. 'It is clear that this tunnel has only one purpose: to carry out terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers,' Shapiro said. (Photo by Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv via Getty Images)
EIN HASHLOSHA - OCTOBER 17: In this handout still from a video provided by the U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro (L) visits a recently-discovered tunnel leading from Gaza to Israel October 17, 2013 in Ein HaShlosha, Israel. Ambassador Shapiro demonstrated U.S. support for Israel's security and its right to defend itself. 'It is clear that this tunnel has only one purpose: to carry out terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers,' Shapiro said. (Photo by Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED, ISRAEL - OCTOBER 29: In this handout provided by the Israeli Ministry of Defense, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (C) tours the recently discovered tunnel linking Gaza to Israel while visiting the Southern Command and the Gaza Division October 29, 2013 along the Israeli border with Gaza. Ya'alon reassured Israelis after the discovery of the tunnel that security on the southern border was strong. (Photo by Alon Besson/Ministry of Defense via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED, ISRAEL - OCTOBER 29: In this handout provided by the Israeli Ministry of Defense, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon tours the recently discovered tunnel linking Gaza to Israel while visiting the Southern Command and the Gaza Division October 29, 2013 along the Israeli border with Gaza. Ya'alon reassured Israelis after the discovery of the tunnel that security on the southern border was strong. (Photo by Alon Besson/Ministry of Defense via Getty Images)
An Israeli soldier is seen at the entrance of a tunnel reportedly dug by Palestinians beneath the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel and recently uncovered by Israeli troops, on October 13, 2013. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated the army 'for exposing the Gaza terror tunnel' at a weekly cabinet meeting this morning. AFP PHOTO / DAVID BUIMOVITCH (Photo credit should read DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP/Getty Images)
An Israeli soldier stands at the entrance of a tunnel allegedly dug by Palestinians beneath the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel and recently uncovered by Israeli troops, on October 13, 2013. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated the army 'for exposing the Gaza terror tunnel' at a weekly cabinet meeting this morning. AFP PHOTO / DAVID BUIMOVITCH (Photo credit should read DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP/Getty Images)
Smugglers carry food from Kentucky Fried Chicken to be delivered through an underground tunnel linking the Gaza Strip to Egypt, on May 13, 2013 in Rafah. Fast food is just the latest trend for smugglers seeking to turn a buck by bringing in hard-to-get products to the Gaza Strip, which has been under an Israeli blockade since 2007. It's not exactly 'fast' -- taking several hours to arrive, with the Palestinian delivery company behind it charging hefty prices to cover the cost of fuel and transport. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
A smuggler carries bags of food from Kentucky Fried Chicken to be delivered through an underground tunnel linking the Gaza Strip to Egypt, on May 13, 2013 in Rafah. Fast food is just the latest trend for smugglers seeking to turn a buck by bringing in hard-to-get products to the Gaza Strip, which has been under an Israeli blockade since 2007. It's not exactly 'fast' -- taking several hours to arrive, with the Palestinian delivery company behind it charging hefty prices to cover the cost of fuel and transport. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
A smuggler carries food from Kentucky Fried Chicken to be delivered through an underground tunnel linking the Gaza Strip to Egypt, on May 13, 2013 in Rafah. Fast food is just the latest trend for smugglers seeking to turn a buck by bringing in hard-to-get products to the Gaza Strip, which has been under an Israeli blockade since 2007. It's not exactly 'fast' -- taking several hours to arrive, with the Palestinian delivery company behind it charging hefty prices to cover the cost of fuel and transport. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
A smuggler carries food from Kentucky Fried Chicken to be delivered through an underground tunnel linking the Gaza Strip to Egypt, on May 13, 2013 in Rafah. Fast food is just the latest trend for smugglers seeking to turn a buck by bringing in hard-to-get products to the Gaza Strip, which has been under an Israeli blockade since 2007. It's not exactly 'fast' -- taking several hours to arrive, with the Palestinian delivery company behind it charging hefty prices to cover the cost of fuel and transport. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Palestinian men work in a tunnel which links the southern Gaza Strip border town of Rafah with Egypt and which is used to smuggle sacks of cement on July 26, 2010. Israel moved to ease the closures of the Gaza Strip last month and now allows in all purely civilian goods, but the lack of virtually any export capability has hindered economic recovery in the impoverished territory of 1.5 million people. Prior to the easing of the blockade some 40 percent of Gazans were unemployed and 80 percent relied on foreign aid, numbers that are not believed to have significantly declined in recent weeks. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
A Palestinian man adjusts a light in a smuggling tunnel which links the southern Gaza Strip border town of Rafah with Egypt and which is used to smuggle sacks of cement on July 26, 2010. Israel moved to ease the closures of the Gaza Strip last month and now allows in all purely civilian goods, but the lack of virtually any export capability has hindered economic recovery in the impoverished territory of 1.5 million people. Prior to the easing of the blockade some 40 percent of Gazans were unemployed and 80 percent relied on foreign aid, numbers that are not believed to have significantly declined in recent weeks. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 file photo, Israeli soldiers walk through a tunnel discovered near the Israel Gaza border. They’ve been dubbed “lower Gaza,” compared to the Underground, the Metro or the subway and depicted as a bone-chilling, strategic threat to Israel. Hamas’ web of tunnels is taking center stage in the relentless conflict between the militant group and Israel, with Israel’s ground offensive placing their destruction as a key objective. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, File)
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Dozens of reserve soldiers from an elite Israeli intelligence unit have sent a letter to the country's military chief and prime minister saying they refuse to serve for moral reasons.

The letter from soldiers in Unit 8200 - Israel's equivalent of the eavesdropping, code-breaking National Security Agency -- was published in the Yediot Ahronot daily on Friday.

It alleges the unit's intelligence work prevents Palestinians from leading "normal lives" and prolongs the conflict.

One soldier told Chanel 10 TV he feels most of the work was motivated by "political reasons" -- to cement Israel's control over the West Bank -- and not security concerns.

The military said soldiers in the unit are held to a high ethical standard. It questioned the "seriousness of the claims" in the letter.

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