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Gurkhas forge relationships in Afghanistan

August 1, 2011

CSM Three months into their current Helmand deployment, soldiers from 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles (2 RGR) are using their language skills to build relationships with their partners in the Afghan National Security Forces and Afghan locals.

For many of the Gurkhas, this is their fourth or fifth tour of Afghanistan. This experience, added to the shared language they have with Afghans have made them excellent assets to ISAF in Helmand province.

The Gurkhas speak Urdu, widely spoken as a a second or third language in Afghanistan.

There are numerous benefits of this: better relationships can be formed, ones not based around small talk, but proper conversations about home, politics and, of course, sharing jokes.

Continues at: mod.uk – Gurkhas forge relationships in Afghanistan

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