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A medic responds to mayhem after a simulated explosion seemingly destroys an Army Humvee inside the fabricated Iraqi village of Medina Wasl, built by set coordinators from Paramount Pictures  at Fort Irwin, California, in the Mojave Desert, California. (From the book What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets.) Hundreds of military and civilian actors and scores of directors participate in elaborate training exercises for soldiers deploying to Iraq. Some actors are actually amputees, adding to the realism of the scene, which is embellished with fake blood and dismembered limbs.