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A look back at the Battle for Basra in 2003. British forces faced fierce resistance but kept driving forward taking over control of Iraq's second largest city after days of fighting.
REX2003040321 - IRAQ, April 3 (UPI) -- A soldier serving with Number 1 Company 1st Battalion The Irish Guards, with his mug of tea, resting after a sucessful raid on a large complex on the outskirts if Basra, Iraq, on April 3, 2003. In a dawn raid on a University / factory complex within sight of their patrol base at Bridge Four on the outskirts of Basra the Irish Guards attacked and cleared the base after comming under fire from small arms mortars and SAM Missile systems which were fired from Iraqi positions at a British Lynx Helicopter supporting the Irish Guards. rlw/Giles Penfound/REX FEATURES UPI.**EUROPE OUT**
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REX2003040322 - IRAQ, April 3 (UPI) -- A soldier serving with Number 1 Company 1st Battalion The Irish Guards looks for possible Iraqi Eneny positions as Royal Engineer technicians prepare to cap one of the burning oil wells within the city of Basra, Iraq, on April 3, 2003. In a dawn raid on a University / factory complex within sight of their patrol base at Bridge Four on the outskirts of Basra the Irish Guards attacked and cleared the base after coming under fire from small arms mortars and SAM Missile systems which were fired from Iraqi positions at a British Lynx Helicopter supporting the Irish Guards. rlw/Giles Penfound/REX FEATURES UPI.**EUROPE OUT**
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BAS20030405011 - BASRA, Iraq, April 5 (UPI) -- Iraqis return to their vehicle on April 5, 2003, after members of the Irish Guard, also known as the Desert Rats, search them at a checkpoint just outside Basra, Iraq. British troops have moved just outside the city of Basra and have been conducting raids on resistance groups in Iraq's second largest city. dg/cc/cc/Chris Corder UPI
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BAS2003040515 - BASRA, Iraq, April 5 (UPI) - Craig Marshall, a member of the Irish Guard, monitors activities down the road from Basra, Iraq, on April 5, 2003. British troops have moved just outside the city of Basra and have been conducting raids on resistance groups in Iraq's second largest city. cc/cc/Chris Corder UPI
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BAS2003040502 - BASRA, Iraq, April 5 (UPI) -- A member of the Irish Guard, also known as the Desert Rats, watches the skyline of Basra for enemy activity on April 5, 2003. British troops have moved just outside the city of Basra and have been conducting raids on resistance groups in Iraq's second largest city. dg/cc/cc/Chris Corder UPI
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