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At the US Army's National Training Center are 13 fake Iraqi/Afghan villages constructed by the military to depict the actual battle tactics and readiness drills being performed before they engage in their deployment. The fake village is called ?The Box? which is a shortened term for sandbox. The village has realistic townspeople, snipers, and roadside bombs.

Since its public opening in 2008, The Box has made an appealing tourist attraction and many trips have been conducted in the place annually. Though the place is composed of fake villages, the US Army are conducting drills from time to time. Tourists can have a snapshot of the training, although during these cases, the area is enclosed by 30 security personnel and visitors are advised to wear ear plugs. Vehicle convoys and military tanks filled the streets ahead of the fake villages.

Medina Wasl, one of the replicated villages, has more than 800 buildings. Most are VIP hotels and lounges and some are mosques which are painted in details. Next to Medina Wasl is a crowded market where people are speaking Arabic and fake animal meats are all over the sidewalks.

The tour basically allows tourists to get a glimpse of real-life scenario of the villages in Iraq and Afghanistan during military and terrorist conflicts.
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