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A four man team of snipers and marksmen from the 82nd Airborne overcame an ambush by superior forces in Iraq in 2007. The survivors were just awarded DSCs.

On a hot August morning in Samarra, Iraq a four man Reaper Team of the 82nd Airborne’s 2-505 Parachute Infantry Regiment’s Scout Platoon found themselves in a tight spot. Led by 22yr old Sergeant Josh Morley the team contained 21-yr old Specialist Tracy Willis, 23-yr old Specialist Chris Corriveau and unit armorer 23-year-old Specialist Eric Moser. Detailed to provide an over watch for a search operation below, they secretly climbed an apartment rooftop set up shop. With the search operation coming off without a hitch, the Reaper team went to displace, only to find that insurgents had followed and surrounded them. Armed Al-Qaeda foot solders held the stairwells and streets below them, trapping the team on the roof. Within the first few minutes a bad situation got worse. First Sgt Morley and then Spec. Willis were killed, leaving only Corriveau and Moser in the fight. Bombarded by grenades thrown up the stairwell by unseen hands and taking fire from multiple weapons the two snipers fought on unsupported, with a blown radio and dwindling supplies of ammunition.

“Team Awarded Distinguished Service Crosses for Action in Iraq”

The ten minute firefight ultimately ended with a nearby friendly infantry platoon coming to the sound of combat and the insurgents withdrawing. An after-action review found that the Reaper team had held off a squad to platoon sized group of men and inflicted no less than ten casualties. More importantly they kept both the bodies of their fallen brothers and their own from falling into the insurgent’s hand- preventing a propaganda victory for the insurgents. Morser and Corriveau were promoted to Sergeant and awarded the DSC, the 2nd highest award for valor in the Army. Morley and Willis were posthumously awarded the Silver Star.

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“Film Corporation Director” behind Colombo civilian massacres arrested

Sri Lanka police intelligence sleuths yesterday (June 20) arrested the mastermind behind recent civilian massacres carried out in Colombo and suburbs by the LTTE terrorists. According to the police sources, the terrorist has been acting as a handler of “suicide bombers” and the main distributor of bombs for the terrorist network in the South.

The suspect was found in a possession of an identity card issued to him by the National film Corporation as a film director, said the sources. Also, he was the owner of a shop at the Supermarket at Kotahena the sources added.

It was this “Film Corp. Director” who had sent the female suicide bomber on the mission that killed 14 people including seven school boys of the D.S Senanayake College at the Fort railway station on February 3rd.

More: http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20080621_05

Lodge manager provides accommodation to LTTE suicide bomber arrested – Colombo

The manager of a lodge who had provided accommodation to the LTTE suicide cadre who blew himself targeting Police personnel near the Sambuddhaloka Temple on Lotus road on 16th May was arrested by a special police team yesterday, June 21.

The suspect was the manager of the “Sooriyan Rest” of No 18, station road, Wellawatta and it is believed that he has close contact with Wanni LTTE leadership.

A copy of the Identity Card of the suicide cadre has also been found from the lodge while conducting a search, police sources said.

More: http://defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20080622_01

Tiger bomb squad nabbed by CID

The Special Bureau of the CID arrested six LTTE suspects, including a bomb expert and an ex-employee attached to the Colombo office of a popular Tamil MP who regularly espouses the cause of human rights violations, disappearances and abductions in Sri Lanka. The suspects, assigned by the LTTE to explode bombs targeting innocent civilians were arrested at Wattala, the defence sources told the ‘Sunday Observer’.

Colombo District UNP MP’s ex-employee identified as Nadaraja Sivaraja who worked at his Fort office had travelled to Kilinochchi several times to distribute relief during the tsunami disaster.

The sources said that he had undergone training in LTTE camps and had close connections with Soosai, LTTE Sea Tiger leader.

Nadaraja was assigned by the MP to gather information about disappearances, abductions and other human rights violations and to report them to the international community and the media while engaged in terrorist activities in the South. He had operated the propaganda campaign against Sri Lanka.

More: http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2008/06/22/sec02.asp

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India has signalled to Sri Lanka that it wants to see an end to the island’s military campaign to help solve the decades-old Tamil separatist conflict, diplomats and officials said Sunday.

In closed-door talks over the weekend with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse and top officials, India’s National Security Advisor M. K. Narayanan said New Delhi wanted to see renewed political efforts to bring peace.

“The Indian delegation made it clear that they did not believe a military solution was possible,” a diplomatic source close to the delegation said. “The delegation was keen that there should be a political solution.”

Narayanan, together with India’s Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon and Defence Secretary Vijay Singh, also met with the leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), seen as a political wing of the Tamil Tigers.

The delegation also met three other Tamil leaders separately and stressed the need for Tamil unity to negotiate with the Sinhalese-majority government, one of the Tamil politicians said.

Dharmalingam Sithadthan, the head of the Tamil Democratic People’s Liberation Front, said the Indian team was concerned that minority Tamil parties were badly split, affecting their negotiating position.

“They came to talk about the conflict. They are worried that we are not united,” Sithadthan told AFP. “India is keen on a political solution.”

He said the delegation was also concerned about the hardships of the minority Tamil community as a result of tighter security measures following a spate of Tamil Tiger bomb attacks.

The Sri Lankan government believes it has the upper hand after driving Tigers out of the multi-ethnic eastern province last year, and is currently trying to wrest control over the defacto mini-state of the rebels in the north.

The government formally withdrew from a Norwegian-arranged truce in January and stepped up attacks against the Tigers.

Since then, 4,339 rebels have been killed by security forces while 399 security personnel have also died in combat over the same period, according to defence ministry figures.

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Tamil Tiger rebels on Sunday set off a roadside mine killing two police commandos in eastern Sri Lanka, the defence ministry said.

The fragmentation mine was placed on a parked bicycle in the district of Batticaloa and targeted the Special Task Force police commandos, the ministry said.

Fighting meanwhile continued across the northern territories of Jaffna, Vavuniya, Mannar and Weli Oya, with security forces reporting they killed 15 Tamil Tiger rebels for the loss of two soldiers on Saturday, the ministry said.

There was no immediate comment from separatist Tiger rebels.

Two days of clashes raises the number of rebels killed by security forces to 4,354 while 403 government troops have died in combat since January, according defence ministry figures.

Casualty claims cannot be verified as the military prevents journalists from travelling to rebel-held areas.

Fighting has worsened since Colombo pulled out of a six-year truce with the Tigers in January.

Tens of thousands have died since the Tamil Tigers launched their campaign to carve out a separate homeland for minority Tamils from the majority Sinhalese community in 1972.

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