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Gritty Dutch war games raise eyebrows in former colony

The Netherlands may have relinquished control of this South American country in 1975, but one day last month it seemed as if it had never left as Sergeant Major Bart Cobussen expounded on killing techniques in the Surinamese jungle for two platoons of Dutch marines at their camp here. “To begin with, you must be dirty, stinking and sleeping in a very uncomfortable place,” said Cobussen, 47, who directs the jungle warfare course of the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps. “Suriname is the perfect place to achieve these conditions, getting us into nice activities like patrolling, ambushing and six days of live firing.” Full Story

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