RAF ending 19-year Iraq mission





The RAF has ended its involvement in Iraq, after 19 years of operations that began with the 1990 Gulf War.

From today, most British air personnel remaining in the country will return to the UK.

The RAF Ensign - flown at Basra Airport in southern Iraq since 2003 - has been lowered at a ceremony for 903 Expeditionary Air Wing.

A total of 22 RAF personnel died in Operation Telic, the name given to the UK military mission in Iraq since 2003.

The RAF was deployed on operations in the Gulf in August 1990, when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait.



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