Marines drink cobra blood in US-Thai war drills

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  • US and Thai soldiers drank cobra blood to “strengthen” ties between both armies
  • Cobra Gold is an annual exercise conducted in the Kingdom of Thailand
  • It is considered as one of the largest military exercises in the Indo-Pacific region

US and Thai soldiers drank snake blood and ate scorpions in a jungle survival program on Monday as part of the two nations’ annual Cobra Gold war games. The soldiers of the two nations took in cobra blood to “strenghten” ties between both armies.

The US soldiers also learned from their counterpart how to remove the venoms.

Cobra Gold is an annual exercise conducted in the Kingdom of Thailand.

The 2018 iteration (the 37th one) runs from February 13-23 with seven full participating nations.

Cobra Gold is considered as one of the largest military exercises in the Indo-Pacific region. The training provides a venue for both United States and Partner nations to advance interoperability and increase partner capacity in planning and executing complex realistic combined task force operations.

Exercise Cobra Gold is designed to advance regional security and ensure effective responses to regional crises by bringing together a robust multinational force to address shared goals and security commitments in the Indo-Pacific region.

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