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Besmaya training site, Iraq, April 26, 2015: U.S. Army advisers run to safety after lighting tires for realistic effects during an Iraqi army exercise at Besmaya, a coalition training site south of Baghdad.

With live explosives, smoke and rocket fire from helicopter gunships, American troops and their international partners are trying to give Iraqi soldiers a realistic idea of what they can expect when they take on Islamic State militants.

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