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What Is A Shemagh And Why Do Some Of Our Military Wear Them?

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No doubt if you have watched any video of our troops patrolling the hills of Afghanistan or the deserts of Iraq, you’ve notice a particular piece of clothing that isn’t necessarily military issue, but is almost essential just the same: It is called the shemagh.

It is a piece of cloth around 42” square that is usually used as a scarf or a head covering that can protect the wearer to sun, wind, sand and cold. They have become even more popular in the US as more and more of our troops donned the traditional Arab headdress.

You can pick one of these up pretty cheaply and it makes a great accessory to keep the West Texas sand and sun off your face.

Watch the video to learn how to wear a shemagh.

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