SCENES IN TALLIL, IRAQ, 10 AUGUST 2007 (TAPE 1) [Allocated Title]
Activities in and around Tallil near An Nasiriyah.
I. Romanian Army handover ceremony as 495th Infantry Battalion end their six-month tour and hand over to the 32nd Infantry Battalion "Mircea" at Camp Dracula, Tallil. Extracts from the ceremony, including parading of standards, troops on parade, speech by Romanian officers and British officer. Romanian ambassador in Iraq also gives a speech, as does an Iraqi officer (General Saad). March-off and salute. Interview with Major Constantine, CO of 495th Infantry Battalion, discussing his tour (in English). Interview with General Saad (translated). Interview with Brigadier James Bashall, Commanding Officer of 1st Mechanised Brigade (Basra). (Prominent sign in the background, "Transylvanian Dragons", refers to the Romanian Army's 811th Infantry Battalion.) Interview with Major Vasily Dinu, public relations officer of the Romanian Army (in fractured English).
II. Army divers go into a stream near their base at Tallil. Nearby, soldiers relax with a makeshift football goal (made using camouflage netting). Interview with Corporal Emma Lewis of the Royal Air Force who works in aircraft movements at Tallil. (In the background, across the Euphrates, the Great Ziggurat of Ur can be seen.)