January 24th, 2011
11:00 AM ET

Training in fake village for real fight

British soldiers undergo rigorous training in a fake Afghan village as they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan. CNN's Dan Rivers reports.


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  1. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Why are You arguing with Me then???

    January 31, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Salerno: Who do You think Armed the Muslin to fight against Israel??? It was both Russia and China if You don't know!!! The only time Russia was against the Arabs was because the Arabs was fighting with Hitler!!!

    January 26, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      URSS sold arms to arabs like the US did with Syria, Egypt, Arabia, becouse it is a business. I was pointing out that US supported Muslims insurgency against Russia and Serbia, and only recently US are involved in direct fighting against Muslims countries. So your claim that Russia finally went to the right side is ridiculouse. They fought Islam before the US did.

      January 27, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Don't You know the Arms dealers will sell to Anyone that has money to buy Them!!! They aren't in business to save lives... They are in business to make money!!!

        January 27, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Larry – I esplained to you in my comments above that arms dealers sell to anyone that has money. I take note you have learnt it quite well after my lesson.

        January 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Dan: Both the United States and Israel were not armed as good as England and the Arab League!!! But both won the wars by fighting against Them not doing tarriest tactics!!! So why would You make excuses for Them???

    January 26, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dindy

    Right now many people are wounded and dead in Russia too. These days all the children in this world hear about wars and floods.only. God have punished all of us😦

    January 25, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Why do You think Russia is there fighting with us instead of how They use to be against Us??? They learned that the Tarriest doesn't care about nothing but Themselves!!!

      January 25, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette,IN

        Let me set you straight,Larry. The Chechens are currently fighting for their independence from Russia as we once fought for ours from Great Britain and they have no other means to fight but by terrorist tactics. The Russians need to follow the example of the Sudanese and just grant the Chechens the independence they deserve.

        January 25, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Russia always fought against Islamist. US supported radical Islam and terrorism against URSS and Serbia.

        January 26, 2011 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Wouldn't it be a lot better to train people to fight diseases like disentary and malaria instead of killing people as is currently the case? But that's the way the right-wing thugs want it. How disgusting!

    January 24, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette,IN

      WE americans are, but you don't see Islamic extremists doing any humanitarian aid do you phony boy?

      January 25, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • in your backyard

      Yeah that sounds about right.... lets worry about diseases while the rest of the world is killing us with bullets... where did the subject about diseases come from anyways.. and why does it belong under a post about being trained for combat? Let me go and find a humanitarian post and ask the people who watched that " Why don't we just kill the diseased instead of wasting our money on finding a cure?" Sometimes war is the answer.

      January 25, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Do You really think that it would stop the killing there if that is what We did???

      January 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. salerno

    They desperately need money otherwisw would not risk their lives in such stupid way.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      Obviously the Taliban did not have training funds because you clearly have no idea of what you are talking about. Here are some terms to take you from Retard level to semi-intelligent, look these up: JRTC, NTC, TRain as you fight, PCC and PCI.

      okay, sorry maybe that's too much for you, just try "muscle memory" or "practice".

      January 24, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Terms are useless as IED are doing a good job in taking out the enemies.

        January 25, 2011 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
      • kalib

        Well UAV's are efficient at taking out the enemies too.. Outclassed and outgunned-What to do..... I know repoduce like varmin, and send the women and kids in with bombs. Oh, and hide behind human shields..

        January 27, 2011 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        UAV are efficient in creating new enemies as they kill even women and children, simplifing the job of recruiting suicide bombers.

        January 27, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • markjuliansmith

      ‘Obviously the Taliban did not have training funds’ –

      So what was the Taliban’s claim after it became apparent Taliban snipers had inexplicitly become very professional that the Iranians had provided them with training – are you telling me this was false information and the Iranian guards themselves were the snipers?

      January 26, 2011 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. dindy

    Good Idea. It would have been better if they had added mountains too . Most insurgents attack from high mountains and hiding in Bushes according to a video I saw on CNN.
    All the wars must end soon. This is going on for along time.

    January 24, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      I guess They feel practice makes perfect!!! They don't have the confidence the US has for doing it...

      January 25, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • marty p

      I think this is a great piece aimed at telling an important story of how coalition forces are training as realistically as possible prior to deploying into harms way. I am an officer in the US Army and although I haven't served in Afghanistan, I have served in Iraq. Albeit, not for several years.

      The British Army, as well as the US Army and many of our coalition partners, understand the importance of realistic training. Which among other things, focuses on cultural understanding. It is my hope and belief that as we continue to build infrastructure in Afghanistan while showing the deepest respect for the Afghani people and their culture, that the tide will continue to turn for the better.

      There are a lot of courageous and dedicated men and women representing our coalition partners who are working tirelessly to make a gigantic difference in Afghanistan. Our thanks as well as thoughts and prayers should go out to them!

      January 25, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |