What risk does the sniper decide to take?
Although the Republican sniper knows it is a risk because the flash of his match might be seen in the darkness, he decides to have a cigarette anyway. It is a poor decision. He is young, and perhaps this is why he makes the error in judgment. Though he lights the cigarette as quickly as he can and blows out the flame, the sniper on the rooftop opposite his own sees the flash and quickly fires at him. He takes one more drag on his cigarette and then puts it out. He crawls away to the left because he has given away his exact position to his enemy. When next he peeks over the edge of the rooftop, another bullet whizzes over his head.
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