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[Clone Wars]
Events that occur between 22 years and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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Short Story
First published in
Star Wars Insider #81:

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Republic Commando: Triple Zero

Omega Squad: Targets
Karen Traviss
IDG Communications
Story published as:
Short Story (2005, 2006)

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A terrorist siege is launched at Galactic City spaceport on Coruscant. The thugs are from Haruun Kal, and they demand the Republic pull out of their planet now – or their six hostages, most notably Senator Meena Tillis of Mon Calamari -- will die. The terrorists and hostages are holed up in a customs clearance corridor wired with explosives. The Chancellor orders Omega Squad (Atin, Darman, Fi and Niner) to the spaceport immediately. The Republic Commandos rapel down from their gunship into the middle of the spaceport, shooting out hovering media camdroids as they do. The angry Coruscant Security Force hold the commandos back for the time being; a Jedi, Master Kaim, is coming down to negotiate with the terrorists. When he arrives, so does a familiar face to the commandos – Kal Skirata, the beloved “Sarge” who trained them. 
Kaim, at Atin’s request, sneaks a tiny camera into the corridor as he enters – unarmed – to negotiate. To everyone’s horror, the terrorists spot the camera immediately – and a moment later, Kaim’s bomb-laden corpse is thrown back out onto the concourse. Instinctively, Fi leaps down upon the corpse and absorbs the blast with his armor. (The commando, thankfully, survives it.) Now that the CSF’s had their chance, the commandos move in and lay charges around the corridor. Skirata goes into the corridor first to offer food, water and toiletries to the hostages and terrorists. Then flashbangs go off and the commandos charge in shooting. In less than 30 seconds, all the terrorists are dead – and all of the hostages are still alive. 
Only afterwards do the commandos learn that Senator Tillis wasn’t the main priority rescue-wise – it was a member of the Corporate Sector’s Direx board. The terrorists were hoping the commandos would kill the boardman by mistake, forcing the neutral Corporate Sector Authority to side with the Separatists. To make sure of this, they’d clad him in their clothes – only the last-instant intervention of Kal (and the commandos’ affection for the Sarge) saved his life. Omega Squad is immediately given a new assignment, but Kal insists they get dinner first…

Synopsis taken from Christopher G. McElroy's Time Tales, www.theforce.net/timetales.

This story occurs 12 months after the Battle of Geonosis, approximately 21 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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