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ASHURA, IRAQ:  A US soldier checks his lieutenant's radio before heading back to base from from the top of an abandoned building his platoon was using as a sniper position...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.