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Talk about a challenging war zone rough terrain in the mountains of Afghanistan forcing our troops ago.
-- -- marine units now training with the mules and donkeys to get the job done.
Claudia -- and -- of the Marine Corps mountain warfare training center.
Who knew by the way that's just outside of Bridgeport California.
Good morning Claudia.
Yeah good morning -- this is where Marines Condit take the weight off and keep it off thinks the pack animals like big enough here -- is raring to go.
Pack animals that in some war zones really do most of the heavy lifting.
-- Morning wake up call it the Marine Corps mountain warfare training center hi in California's Sierra Nevada.
Just sit down here get these guys so we'll still -- come -- crucial members of this marine unit come complete with furry ears.
And a strong back perfect for hauling heavy loads long distances through steep rugged terrain.
Precisely the conditions US forces are facing in the mountains of Afghanistan.
I know when I get -- out.
I don't want all the stuff on my back for one.
Got the animals we have got to carry it out at this two week training course Marines headed to the war zone -- to get hundreds of pounds of gear off their backs.
And onto donkeys and mules.
To have these guys that are user loads -- for your thirty pounds.
And we can move faster and army were only you were -- These animals aren't just strong they're sure footed so long as they can see the ground.
But when they can't see their feet or they choose to be stubborn they won't budge and that's when these Marines become -- whispers.
This almost like Kevin you know five or six year old child you try to teach you -- and you know you have to main thing is their idea.
In five that was back rather hostile territory -- -- whispering didn't work and it took -- slot on the run to get everybody.
Moving again -- -- Tug on the chain like I'm having to do here this morning by the end of this course and by the way bill this is the only.
Pack animal of course.
That the Marines have in the country by the end of it the Marines and the donkeys and the -- well after working as a team and now in this unit heads over to those mountainous areas in Afghanistan.
They'll be better prepared to bring the fight street to the end -- -- nicely done you get your work cut out for -- Claudia.
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