U.S., Thailand Hold Chemical War Drills (PHOTOS)

02/14/2012 12:16 pm ET | Updated Feb 14, 2012

Chemical war? In Thailand? Don't worry; it's just a drill. On Tuesday, U.S. and Thai forces held joint exercises simulating a chemical attack 80 miles east of Thailand's capital Bangkok.

"The U.S was the model country that trained our soldiers and served as our teacher. The soldiers can come and see how their training was utilized. We can work together," a Thai captain told Reuters.

An American Marine told the news service that the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High Explosive training was good practice for threats in the real world.

The U.S.-Thai exercises are part of operation Cobra Gold, a regular joint drill which, according to the U.S., "strengthens the ability of the Royal Thai Armed Forces to defend Thailand or respond to regional contingencies."

Earlier this week, American Marines received a few lessons in jungle survival as part of their training. The Marines learned to kill chickens, eat insects, and slaughter and skin cobras.

See photos from operation Cobra Gold in the slideshow below.



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