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Old 30-09-2014, 09:00 PM   #155
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29 Commando Regiment is the Commando-trained unit of the British Army's Royal Artillery. The regiment is under the operational control of 3 Commando Brigade providing artillery support and gunnery observation..The regiment was established in 1947 by the redesignation of 25th Field Regiment.. In 1951 it was renamed 29th Medium Regiment Royal Artillery and was based at Brancepeth Camp in Durham.. In 1957 it was deployed to Cyprus..In 1962 it re-roled and became 29 Commando Light Regiment, Royal Artillery.. At that time, each battery consisted of 4 x 105mm pack howitzers (Italian Mountain Gun)..In the 1970s Batteries from the regiment completed operational tours in NI..During the 1982 Falklands War, 29 Commando Regiment accompanied the Royal Marines, providing much needed close support with their L118 Light Guns..In 1996, the honorary Freedom of the City of Plymouth was conferred on the regiment..They conducted numerous operational tours in Afghanistan to provide artillery support during operations..The regiment consists of an HQ battery, three gun batteries, a Naval Gunfire Support Forward Observation battery and an attached Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers workshop which includes a Royal Logistic Corps stores section..."Bomb" is widely used as an abbreviated form of address for both full bombardiers and lance-bombardiers.. They may also be referred to as a "full screw" (bombardier) or a "lance jack" (lance-bombardier), in common with corporals and lance-corporals..

Operation Barras was a British Army operation that took place in Sierra Leone on 10 September 2000. The operation aimed to release 5 British soldiers of the Royal Irish Regiment who had been held by a militia group known as the "West Side Boys"...They were returning from a visit to Jordanian peacekeepers attached to (UNAMSIL) at Masiaka on 25 August 2000.. The ground operation was conducted by D Squadron, 22 Regiment Special Air Service—who assaulted Gberi Bana in a bid to extract the Royal Irish—and elements of 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment (1 PARA), based around A Company, who launched a diversionary assault on Magbeni...

The negotiations were led by LT Colonel Simon Fordham, commanding officer of 1 R IRISH, who was assisted by a small team which included hostage negotiators from the Met Police.. The West Side Boys would not allow negotiators any closer to the village of Magbeni than the end of the track from the main road, so Fordham met there with the self-styled "Brigadier" Foday Kallay, the gang's leader...As planning for a potential military operation to release the captive soldiers progressed, it became clear that, given the number of West Side Boys and their separation between 2 locations, the operation could not be conducted by special forces alone..By 5 September, the British media was openly speculating on the possibility that an operation would be launched to free the remaining soldiers, having picked up on 1 PARA's heightened readiness..The following day, the media was reporting that British forces had arrived in Sierra Leone "as a contingency"...

1 British soldier,Brad Tinnion, was killed in the operation.. Another twelve soldiers were injured, one seriously.. The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) did not officially acknowledge the involvement of special forces, issuing a press release which made no mention of the SAS, but when it was made public that Tinnion was a Lance Bombardier originally from 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, it became clear to experts that Tinnion had been serving with special forces. Operation Barras was Tinnion's first operational deployment as an SAS trooper..Sierra Leone is a former British colony in West Africa, close to the equator, with an area of 71,740 square kilometres (27,700 square miles)—similar in size to South Carolina or Scotland..The group was influenced to some extent by American rap and gangsta rap music, especially Tupac Shakur, and the "gangsta" culture portrayed therein... Conflict diamonds were also used to purchase many of their weapons.."Colonel Cambodia" quickly depleted the batteries in the telephone, but his call to the BBC enabled specialists from the Royal Corps of Signals to determine the exact position of the tele-phone...Final approval was gained from Sierra Leonean President Ahmad KabaaLa.. allowed to telephone their families and then rejoined their battalion in Freetown..

The partner of a soldier who was killed rescuing British hostages in Sierra Leone has been offered £250,000 by the Ministry of Defence..Anna Homsi, 31, had been considering suing the MoD after she was refused a war pension because she was not married to Brad Tinnion..But the couple had been together for se7en years and lived in a village near the SAS HQ in Hereford..Miss Homsi was pregnant with their daughter, Georgia, now 11 months old, when Mr Tinnion, 28, died in action last year... Miss Homsi told the BBC she faced a dilemma over the offer.."I'm not scoffing at it, but it still doesn't recognise me as Brad's partner, and it doesn't help others who may be in the same position"..The MoD said the offer reflected Ms Homsi's unique circumstances, but it was non-negotiable and should not be seen as a precedent for other unmarried partners..She is very pleased with the progress that we have made to date, but there is a big responsibility on her, not only for herself, but for those in the future..We are living in the 21st century and things have moved on so far as the way people cohabit as partners"..When you are killed, when you pay the ultimate price, you rightly expect that those close to
you will be treated properly," he told the BBC...

Himsi is a family name.. It can also be written as al-Homsi.. Himsi family is one of the biggest families in Syria.. The name of the family is rooted from the city Homs, located 80 miles north of Damascus..Akram al-Homsi is the Secretary of the Jordanese Regional Command of the Jordanian branch of the Ba'ath Party..The party espoused Ba'athism (from Arabic: البعث‎ Al-Ba'ath or Ba'ath meaning "renaissance" or "resurrection"), which is an ideology mixing Arab nationalist, pan-Arabism, Arab socialist and anti-imperialist interests. Ba'athism calls for unification of the Arab world into a single state. Its motto, "Unity, Liberty, Socialism", refers to Arab unity, and freedom from non-Arab control and interference..The National Command of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party was the ruling organ of the party between sessions of the National Congress, and was headed by a Secretary General... are known knowns.. These are things we know that we know.. There are known unknowns.. That is to say,there are things that we know we don't know..But there are also unknown unknowns.. There are things we don't know we don't know..The military part of our information network - which we were accustomed to rely on for exact information - was the first part of the network to fall apart..a difficult situation, not for one individual, but for everybody...

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