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ASHURA, IRAQ:  A sniper scans the town of Ashura for insurgents who might be setting up Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)...The scout-sniper platoon of the 1st battalion 64 armor regiment 2nd brigade 3rd infantry division continues to conduct combat operations in the restive province of Ninewa.  As the US draws down its operations in Iraq, a few platoons conduct final operations against the ever present Iraqi insurgency.