US to deploy airborne snipers to protect Iraqi pipelines

The US soon will begin deploying airborne snipers to prevent further acts of sabotage that already have stopped the flow of oil from Iraq's northern fields to its export terminal at the Turkish port of Ceyhan.US military commanders in Iraq have opted to revive the elite 327th Tiger Force, consisting of long-range reconnaissance patrols originally created for action in Viet Nam.Helicopter pilots recently have trained to fly snipers along northern pipelines, which run 500 km between Iraq and Turkey. The pilots are expected to fly at night without light and to hover within range of targets. "We can hit a target before it knows we're there," one sniper said.Deployment of the snipers i...

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