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Ever wonder if you have what it takes for a tour of duty in Syria?

Ireland’s 44 Infantry Group are heading to the Golan Heights in March.
Feb 22nd 2014, 1:56 PM 14,240 115

THESE PHOTOS OF members of the Defence Forces in their final phase of intense training ahead of their deployment to the Golan Heights might give you some idea.

The pictures show troops from the 44 Infantry Group in the Glen of Imaal, Co Wicklow engaged in a series of drills based on potential scenarios they could face in Syria.

The drills include simulated explosive strikes, helicopter drills, anti-ambush tactics and evacuation exercises.

129 soldiers from the 44 Infantry Group will be deployed to Syria in March to take over duties from the previous Irish contingent who have been part of the United Nations Disengagement Observation Force since September.

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