U.S. Troops Train in Germany with Iraqi Extras Arabic speakers hired to work at a United States base in Germany were supposed to make the training environment there more realistic. But many of the troops being trained in mock villages populated by Arabic speakers are headed for Afghanistan, not Iraq.
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U.S. Troops Train in Germany with Iraqi Extras

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U.S. Troops Train in Germany with Iraqi Extras

U.S. Troops Train in Germany with Iraqi Extras

U.S. Troops Train in Germany with Iraqi Extras

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The Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade combat team has wrapped up its final training in Germany before deploying to Afghanistan for a year. Troops spent last week fighting pretend insurgents and helping pretend villagers in the hills of Bavaria.

The extras playing the villagers were Arabic speakers — including Iraqis — brought in to create more realism for the soldiers. But due to a change in orders, the Americans are headed for Afghanistan.