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Mission in Iraq

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GCSE Coursework: Mission in Iraq GLOSSARY: Bergen - Rucksack Loadie - Crewman on a military flight Civvie - Civilian ***************************************************************************** Eating slightly stale Cheerio's with Sarah meant that I was startled when a squaddie came up to me and told me to go to the Major's office. Top level meetings didn't happen often for me because I was only a Staff Sergeant, and this made me wonder whether I'd done something wrong. Then my mind flashed back to the previous night and the soldier walking in on Sarah and I sleeping together. Oh God, he hadn't blabbed had he? The chair in the Major's office looked inviting and I wasn't disappointed as I sank down into its bed-like comfort. Glancing around at the photos on the walls, I turned back round to see whether I would be offered a biscuit or just left to stare at them. Years before, I had discovered that if you were offered a biscuit, it was usually a good sign. Phew, he offered me one. He hardly let me take a bite before he started on why I was here. ...read more.


As soon as I said it, I knew it was wrong and I stood bracing myself for the inevitable shouting match. I hadn't been expecting the slap though, it exploded onto my face causing it to burn with pain. She ran off swearing and shouting at me and I was left looking like the idiot I was in the middle of the runway with mountains of kit. After what seemed like hours of walking in the blistering midday heat, I arrived at the main nerve centre for the British operations. A welsh lad of only about 18 welcomed me with a couple of jokes, but to be honest I wasn't really paying attention. I sat down on a cheap, plastic seat that creaked every time I moved and picked my fingernails. Whilst I was staring into space, the Colonel arrived for the briefing and I followed him into the makeshift office. I was under the impression that Sarah would still be coming on the mission but when I came out of the briefing that opinion had changed. I was doing it on my own. ...read more.


By the time I had finished setting the detonator wire and had hiked back to the Land Rover, it was 6:30 am. I got the Land Rover out from the bush (this time without grazing my arm) and retrieved the remote detonator. Getting it out took seconds, and as soon as it was ready, I pressed the red execute button. Only a few moments later there was a huge 'boom' and I knew I had achieved the aim. I allowed myself a quick smile; another bomb factory destroyed. Mission accomplished. ***************************************************************************** 1 month later I opened the Daily Mail and read the article entitled 'Super Soldier'. I couldn't believe that the operation had attracted so much media coverage. No-one at base camp had made much comment, apart from the Colonel who was delighted with the outcome. I poured myself a large, straight whisky and slumped down on the sofa. Reading the article made me think about Sarah, what we once had, what might have been and the way that she rejected me. I was out of the SAS now and out of Europe. Dubai is a big place I reflected and as my new home, the perfect place to restart my life. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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