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Old 06-03-2015, 12:27 AM   #74
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Cloak and dagger is an English term sometimes used to refer to situations involving intrigue, secrecy, espionage, or mystery...

The Om That Got Away - 1996 (1/7) ..

'The One That Got Away' is a 1995 book written under the pseudonym 'Chris Ryan' concerning the SAS patrol Bravo Two Zero, which was dropped behind enemy lines in Iraq in 1991.. The author was a member of the patrol and tells of his 8 day escape on foot to the Syrian border..Despite the book describing Ryan's single handed attack on two Iraqi 'Land-Rover type' vehicles,and killing two Iraqi soldiers with a knife, the SAS's Regimental Sergeant Major at the time of the patrol, and fellow Gulf War veteran, Peter Ratcliffe stated that, at the Regimental debrief, "[Ryan] made no mention at all of encountering enemy troops on his trek"...

Dr. Freeze...

The Black Hand (Arabic: الكف الاسود al-Kaff al-Aswad‎) was an anti-Zionist and anti-British militant organization in the British Mandate of Palestine. It was founded in 1930 and led until his death in 1935 by Syrian-born Sheikh Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, whose preaching was instrumental in laying the foundations for the formation of the Black Hand, which he used to proclaim jihad and attack Jewish settlers.. The idea for such a group appeared to crystallize after the 1929 riots, though one source says a decision was taken after the Day of Atonement incitement at the Wailing Wall in September 1928..By 1935, Black Hand had several hundred men - the figures differ from 200 to 800 - organised in cells of 5 men, and arranged military training for peasants..Black Hand (Italian: Mano Nera) was a type of extortion racket.. It was a method of extortion, not a criminal organization as such, though gangsters of Camorra and the Mafia practiced it...

Coburn, along with patrol members Andy McNab and Ian Pring all wrote letters to deceased patrol member Vince Phillips' family subsequent to the release of this book. Coburn wrote: "At no time throughout the patrol did Vince display the actions portrayed...On the contrary, the very fact that he was on patrol disputes [Ryan's] version of events, otherwise he would never have been allowed to deploy across the border".. Pring described the book as "a pack of lies" writing: "Vince DID NOT compromise the patrol or behave in the manner portrayed"..

Michael Asher's investigative book, "The Real Bravo Two Zero" (2003, ISBN 0-304-36554-8) also criticised Ryan's portrayal of Phillips.. Asher found that many of the negative attributes Ryan had described, did not correspond with the evidence, nor the other patrol member's accounts...

Concerning the TV adaptation of Ryan's book, McNab further wrote in a letter to The Times in 1996, "It is a pity that [Ryan] chose to cheapen his own achievement and the reputations of the regiment and of comrades who would have sacrificed their lives for his, had the situation demanded, by denigrating those of others"..Ratcliffe said of the book (and of Bravo Two Zero (1993)), "[It is] insensitive on [Ryan's] and [McNab's] parts to hide behind pseudonyms when they named their dead colleagues in their books, in deliberate contravention of the Regiment's traditions"..Coburn also commented on the book: "The portrayal of Vince Phillips was a despicable betrayal of what happened.. Revelations became more and more outrageous, culminating in a book and film that saw him portrayed in an unfair and undignified manner"..

The English idiom "don't judge a book by its cover" is a metaphorical phrase that means "you shouldn't prejudge the worth or value of something by its outward appearance alone"...'ve been thinkin', maybe I should move on because of Frank and all.. I just... don't want you to feel like you have to look out for us...

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