OPERATION WELCOMBE, STAGED SCENES, BASRA, 21 JULY 2007 [Allocated Title]
Staged scenes shot at a vehicle checkpoint (VCP) for use in a PSYOPS video to train Iraqi soldiers in searching for smuggled weapons. The soldiers in the enactments are all Iraqi, and the checkpoint is on an open desert road.
Scruffily-dressed guards (one smoking a cigarette) let vehicle through VCP. Smartly-uniformed guards stop vehicle at a VCP. Guard tells driver to get out of the vehicle (shot across bonnet). Vehicle occupants are searched according to correct procedures. Blankets on the back seat of the car are searched and illegal weapons are found - the occupants are told to lie on the road. Guard stops vehicle and talks to driver while colleague searches the back of the pickup. Guard shakes driver's hand and the vehicle moves off.