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“So, where is it, Sarge?” Murph asked.
“Al Tafar. Up north, near Syria. Like a hajji proving ground up there. Gets real fucking heated sometimes. I wasn’t supposed to tell you yet, but I need you to understand something.” He was slouched beneath the bunk above him. It caused him to lean slightly forward toward us and across the white space of the buffed tile floor.
What's the meaning of "Like a hajji proving ground up there."?

For learning: English
Base language: English
Category: Language



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