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From its serene northern mountains dotted with Buddhist temples to the lowland coastal plains lined with coconut plantations, Thailand was covered with a thick haze and nearly 7,000 U.S. troops — joined by more than 4,000 others from Thailand, Japan, Indonesia and Singapore — during the 28th annual Cobra Gold exercise.

Stars and Stripes reporter Kevin Baron accompanied U.S. servicemembers throughout Thailand to capture the Cobra Gold experience.

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The stories:

Feb. 11Cobra Gold 2009: Building trust high on the agenda

Feb. 13Thai military leaders tour Cobra Gold headquarters

Feb. 16U.S., Thai forces practice landing in heat, rough seas

Feb. 26Limited resources challenge Cobra Gold

Feb. 27U.S. military prepares allies in Pacific as peacekeepers

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