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US officials say the military is transforming to meet the changing face of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. BBC Arabic's Roula Ayoubi reports on a new "cultural training" programme to improve US soldiers' skills in dealing with local people.
"Assalamu alaykum, Ahlan wa sahlan, welcome." With these words, Iraqi sheikhs greet a group of marines in a narrow room at the beginning of a training session.
"The lads really don't like having outsiders seeing exactly how they work in the field. They feel it leaves them vulnerable." To make the training as realistic as possible, the MoD has built a typical Afghan village on the 30,000-acre Norfolk site.
The buildings - adapted to look like houses in Afghanistan's volatile Helmand province - were previously used to train troops fighting the IRA and Loyalist paramilitaries in Northern Ireland and to prepare for the Bosnian conflict.
Originally posted by Implosion
Why would it be rubbish? It makes perfect sense. There is a similar training facility here in the UK: