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    AMID THE CRUMBLING RUINS LEFT BY THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE, BRITISH TROOPS ARE TODAY STAGING DAILY BATTLES AGAINST INSURGENT ADEN FORCES.

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    SOLDIERS CARRYING EQUIPMENT AND TAKING POSITION IN FORT; SNIPER BEING INTERVIEWED.



    TRANSCRIPT: INTERVIEWER: "NOW WHAT KIND OF OPPOSITION ARE YOU GETTING FROM THE SNIPERS DOWN THERE?"



    SOLDIER: "THERE IS ONE OR TWO GOOD ONES, BUT SOMETIMES I THINK THEY'RE JUST PUTTING THE YOUNG BUCKS OUT TO WIN THEIR WAR BONNETS SORT OF THING. NOT VERY GOOD AT THE MOMENT. THEY'VE GOT MY POSITION PINNED AND THE SERGEANT'S POSITION... WHEN I'VE FINISHED THIS I'M GOING TO BUILD A NEW HIDE.."



    INTERVIEWER: "WHAT'S THE WORST TIME OF THE DAY WHEN THEY OPEN FIRE?



    SOLDIER: "NORMALLY IT'S ABOUT SIX O'CLOCK. BETWEEN SIX AND EIGHT, THIS IS WHEN WE START GETTING THE HEAVY STUFF COME OVER. THE (INAUDIBLE) COME OVER LAST TIME AT ABOUT A QUARTER PAST EIGHT. OTHER THAN THAT IT'S JUST NORMAL LMG AND SNIPER FIRE BETWEEN SIX AND EIGHT."



    INTERVIEWER: "HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT KILLING THE ARABS DOWN THERE? "



    SOLDIER: "WELL, I MEAN, THIS IS THE THING. IT'S MY JOB, IT'S WHAT I'M PAID FOR AND IF I DON'T KILL THEM THEY'RE GOING TO GET ME OR ONE OF THE OTHER LADS OR SOMEBODY ELSE."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: AMID THE CRUMBLING RUINS LEFT BY THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE, BRITISH TROOPS ARE TODAY STAGING DAILY BATTLES AGAINST INSURGENT ADEN FORCES. THE FOCAL POINT OF THE FIGHTING IN THE VIOLENCE-TORN CRATER DISTRICT OF ADEN IS AN OLD FORT, BUILT LAST CENTURY BY THE TURKS. NOW IT IS OCCUPIED BY MEN OF THE BIANCA COMPANY OF THE ROYAL MARINE COMMANDOS. IT WAS HERE THAT ONE OF THE MEN -- A SNIPER -- GAVE AN INTERVIEW TO A TELEVISION REPORTER.

    ON 20 JUNE 1967 THE FORT WAS OCCUPIED BY REBEL ADEN FORCES, BUT IT WAS WON BACK BY THE BRITISH. NOW IT IS USED AS A WATCH TOWER OVER THE DISTRICT. FROM ITS RAMPARTS BRITISH SERVICEMEN EXCHANGE FIRE WITH REBEL FORCES IN THE CRATER DISTRICT.

    AS THE FIGHTING GOES ON MOVES ARE UNDERWAY TO SET UP A BROAD-BASED SOUTH ARABIAN CARETAKER GOVERNMENT WHICH WOULD RECEIVE INDEPENDENCE FROM BRITAIN NEXT JANUARY 9. TO GET THE RIVAL FACTIONS TOGETHER FOR TALKS THE BRITISH COMMISSIONER, SIR HUMPHREY TREVELYAN, HAS LIFTED A PROSCRIPTION ON THE NATIONAL LIBERATION FRONT (NLF). ITS RIVAL, THE EGYPTIAN-BACKED FRONT FOR THE LIBERATION OF OCCUPIED SOUTH YEMEN (FLOSY) HAS NEVER BEEN BANNED.

    THE FLAMES OF THE PRESENT FIGHTING HAVE BEEN BANNED BY THE RECENT MUTINY IN THE SOUTH ARABIAN ARMY AND POLICE BARRACKS IN ADEN OVER THE SUSPENSION OF FOUR ARMY COLONELS WHO HAVE SINCE BEEN REINSTATED.

    AS BRITISH TROOPS TOOK UP THEIR POSITIONS IN THE OLD TURKISH FORT OVERLOOKING CRATER, ONE OF THEM GAVE THIS INTERVIEW:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA17EFD0V0C8OU9PMUQW6RTIUY2
    Media URN:
    VLVA17EFD0V0C8OU9PMUQW6RTIUY2
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/07/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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