From: Nikolai Usenovic, only surviving member of K4 Scout-Sniper section, attached to 1 SOF Brigade, North Korea
To: General Hill-Fung Yeung, Commander, Chinese People's Liberation Army, China-Korea DMZ
Subject: Mission debrief
Unit KIA's: 4
Unit MIA's: 1
Primary Objective: Take out Coalition Staff in Sector 32.
Secondary Objectives: Assist North Korean forces. Harrass and demoralise the enemy.
General, the Coalition special forces were too strong for us. Most of my team was killed in the fighting. The Coalition recovered some of the bodies, but as they are Russian, I trust you will not be implicated. Those who sanctioned this black op were well prepared for this eventuality. I will explain what happened.
Team K4 made up the Russian contingent of the Korean forces, and was a scout-sniper team. There were 5 other Korean teams in addition, made up of regular infantry men from 1 SOF Brigade.
We began with almost no intel at all on the position of the enemy which made locating our primary target seem a very daunting task in the expanse of the YogByori Mountains. Two snipers, Timur Khabalov and Arkadi Zebrovskoya, set off to CTR suspecting staging areas for coalition troops. Initial location reports from Korean command proved fruitless.
Moving along a river in the base of the valley, K4 sniper team advanced below an enemy FOB, and then up the hill into an OP about 50m down the valley from the buildings. K4 remained in position for 45 minutes, completely undetected, watching and monitoring enemy movements. Evidence gained suggested a lack of command details in the area, so we moved out.
We moved back up the river, and then ascended into the mountains to approach their main staging base. We kept a low profile as two of our scouts had been knocked out by a Coalition Counter-sniper team we knew to be operating in the area. Advancing toward the Coalition base, we gained a lot of intel including patrol movements, confirmation of a command section in the area, and even intercepted some verbal commands.
We moved down the tree line above the base to get into position. Finally we got into an OP no more than 25m from the Coalition command building. We had eyes on lots of troops, but we could not see our primary target. We held position in our OP for about an hour, remaining completely invisible to the enemy. We were presented with many targets of opportunity, and we eventually took on our secondary objective and attacked, as it was becoming too dangerous to wait longer for the primary objective. Arkadi Zebrovskoya fired a perfect double tap into the first soldier, hitting him in the head and the heart. As two other soldiers came outside, they two were felled by Arkadi. Unfortunately the K4 snipers had not picked up the Coalition counter-sniper team operating nearby, and while the sniper kept them pinned, the spotter outflanked and killed them. Had they lasted another 20 seconds, they would have had eyes on the primary target who returned to base shortly afterward. The patrol had lasted a total of six hours from embarkation to termination.
After this, only two members of K4 team remained, both armed with AK-74 variants, so the sniper objective became impossible. We joined K5, and went on two further patrols. Both of these had the simple objective of harrassment of the enemy. The first patrol was sent out at approx. 2000hrs, and moved to the enemy FOB. Initially we bumped a Coalition patrol on the road and there were large numbers of casualties on both sides. Reinforcements arrived, and we moved into the FOB were another large firefight ensued with the Coalition forces stationed there. Eventually, at 2300hrs, we had to fall back, but we gained valuable intel on Coalition numbers.
The second combined patrol set off at 0600hrs the next morning. We used the cover of a dense fog to get into position and move unimpeded into the Coalition FOB. We used grenades to wipe out the troops stationed there. We then began an advance to the main staging base, but were spotted by a Coalition sniper and a vehicle patrol, had to retreat down to the river, where we laid up for a while in a small ruined building. Then we moved back up to attack the main base again. We attacked in a extended line, and killed the men on stag. We moved in and captured the whole base, and one Land Rover WMIK that had been left there.
We held the base until Coalition men arrived. There was a large firefight and we took many of their number, but our medics we unable to reach our own wounded and we started to loose men. Finally, we were broken and withdrew at 0930.
On arriving back at our field base, we found out that our main HQ had fallen to the Coalition. We had to get out across the DMZ into China where we would be safe. We started up the mountain, breaking away from two other Korean patrols, and then headed along the high ground to the Chinese border. We got over without incident at 1050hrs, but then spotted a Coalition vehicle coming towards us from the other side of the border. General Sir, the vehicle was inside the DMZ!! We opened fire on the vehicle and killed most of its occupants. A couple of the men got away. I imagine they will argue that they were shot at in an unprovoked attack from across the Chinese border. We saw it that they were persuing asylum seekers into China without authorisation, and that they had violated the boundaries of the new DMZ. This is why we engaged them, Sir. I want to make that point clear.
That is all. I trust you will contact my superiors with your thoughts and plans in due course.
Nikolai Usenovic, K4 section, 1 SOF