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Kuwaiti Desert Tests Soldiers' Mettle

By Linda D. Kozaryn
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 1998 – This has got to be one of the bleakest places on earth. There isn't a blade of grass, bramble or bush, and the only permanent inhabitants are beetles, camels, flies, scorpions and snakes. At Kuwait's Udairi Range, about 80 miles from Iraq, about 1,200 American service members cycle through continually to learn how to cope with stifling desert heat and utter isolation.

For the whole story about desert training at Exercise Intrinsic Action, see the American Forces Press Service Special Report at http://www.defensel ink.mil/specials/Udairi_Range/.

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