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The 179 British personnel who died during the Iraq war

The invasion of Iraq led to the deaths of 179 British personnel between March 2003 and February 2009. Tony Blair told the Chilcot Inquiry[1] into the conflict he had “deep and profound regret” about the loss of life suffered by British troops and the countless Iraqi civilians. Some of the Britons who died were just 18 years-old.

Here is a roll of honour of the British personnel who died on service during Operation Telic in Iraq:

References

  1. ^ Chilcot Inquiry (www.itv.com)

Our Boys back on track as race team helps them recover from horror of Afghanistan

Our Boys Back On Track As Race Team Helps Them Recover From Horror Of AfghanistanW8MEDIA

READY TO RACE: Veteran Murray Hambro lost his legs after a bomb blast in Afghanistan

Murray Hambro, 35, competes at British Superbike meetings for the not-for-profit True Heroes Racing team. And his HGV driver pal Adam Francis, 38, who also lost his legs in Afghanistan, fixes the machines. Murray was injured by a bomb while in Helmand Province with the 2nd Royal Tank regiment in 2010.

Our Boys Back On Track As Race Team Helps Them Recover From Horror Of AfghanistanW8MEDIA

WAR HEROES: Adam and Murray have both lost their legs in Afghanistan

As soon as I was up and walking again I went out and bought a motorbike

Murray Hambro

He said: I always loved bikes but just before I went in to have the amputation one of the surgeons told me I might want to consider a new hobby.

Afterwards I thought I m not having that , so as soon as I was up and walking again I went out and bought a motorbike. The dad-of-two researched how to move all the controls to his bike s handlebars. And he agreed to race after meeting True Heroes founder Phil Spencer, 41, at a track day.

He and two other teammates now compete against able-bodied riders in Ducati 899 races. Their bike numbers represent the date each was injured.

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VETERAN SUPERBIKER: Murray’s bike number represents the day he was injured in Afghanistan

Murray, from Worthing in East Sussex, said: I m always at the back, battling with the last two or three riders. To be fair, you don t go into the British Superbikes expecting to win.

We are where we expected to be and moving forward, which is great. We are always developing.

It s hard to put the experience into words the nerves before you go out, the adrenaline when you re on the grid.

And when you re actually racing, with the element of danger, it s almost like being back out on operations the tension, the pressure and the pace of things. Murray joined the forces in 2002. Recalling the incident that cost him his legs he said: It was my second tour. We were part of the Warthog group, named after the vehicles we were on.

We were tasked to go and help 2 Para who had taken over a compound. Every time they tried to get supplies they would take massive casualties.

“They asked us to go down because we had a tracked vehicle and could go off-road. It was the second day we had dropped off supplies and I was commanding out of the top from a small turret when the bomb went off.

TA reservist Adam was injured in 2012 while serving as an infantryman with the Mercian Regiment. He loves fixing the bikes and sometimes even uses his hollow prosthetics to store his tools while he is working.

Our Boys Back On Track As Race Team Helps Them Recover From Horror Of AfghanistanW8MEDIA

ACTION MAN: Brave Murrey served two tours in Afghanistan

Adam said: To see Murray and the team cracking on with it really inspired me.

I realised it s not about what you can t do but what you can do.

I love the pressure that s put on you. Soldiers thrive under pressure.

It s the camaraderie, too. When you come out of the forces with an injury the family unit of the Army is gone.

But this has really helped.

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Adam lost both his legs below the knee. He said: I was driving a Jackal light-armoured vehicle and it detonated an IED. That resulted in the loss of both my legs and a multitude of other injuries.

I broke my back, arm and ruptured just about every internal organ. I took the full force of the blast.

The dad-of-five, from Larkfield in Kent, believes he is also Britain s only double-amputee HGV driver, handling a 20-tonne lorry with no special modifications. Phil, who serves with the Royal Navy at HMS Heron Somerset, hopes True Heroes will one day offer ex-servicemen full-time employment. He now works with up to 14 people suffering a range of mental and physical injuries.

And he is keen to sign up a celebrity patron to boost their profile. Phil said: It s not about winning races, it s about inspiring other people to show them what s possible.

It s also about bringing like- minded Armyrats © military people back into a military-type environment, which they often miss after leaving it behind. To find out more about the team or to make a donation visit trueheroesracing.co.uk.

Armed forces flood relief work

More than 2,000 servicemen and women have been committed to tasks, with thousands more at a state of high readiness to assist if required. Armyrats © Military personnel remain embedded in various silver and gold command headquarters across flood-affected areas to facilitate emerging requests for assistance. The Royal Air Force have also now flown missions with Tornado GR4 and Sentinel aircraft to capture optical and radar imagery 1 to help the civilian authorities co-ordinate flood relief efforts with a view to preventing further flooding.

In the Thames Valley area, Armyrats © military personnel are supporting the civilian authorities in a number of locations. In Berkshire, around 100 personnel from 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers are still in Wraysbury, while more than 300 Armyrats © military personnel remain in Windsor, Datchet and Bisham. Armyrats © Military personnel packing sandbags for distribution to households in Berkshire Picture: Corporal Neil Bryden RAF, Crown copyright They are conducting a variety of tasks including filling and distributing sandbags, erecting barriers, assisting residents, examining the condition of existing flood defences and general duties in support of the emergency services.

In nearby Chertsey, personnel from 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles and the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment are assisting civil authorities in erecting a 600-metre Aquadam flood barrier brought over from Sweden along the Chertsey Bridge Road. In Reading, more than 30 personnel from 9 Theatre Logistic Regiment are creating a sandbag wall in Southcote Mill. And, across Surrey, over 360 Armyrats © military personnel from 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles and 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh, as well as elements of both 19 and 47 Regiments Royal Artillery, have been assisting the multi-agency relief effort.

Other key Armyrats © military taskings over the last 24 hours have included completion of a sandbag wall to help defend Desborough Island and the ongoing assessment and protection of critical national infrastructure assets. In addition, army personnel have been involved in assisting and evacuating vulnerable residents in the area. Royal Marines from 40 Commando laying sandbags in Northmoor, Oxfordshire Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Rhys O’Leary, Crown copyright And in Croydon and Kenley, army personnel have been sandbagging and constructing flood defences with particular focus on protecting a water chlorination plant which is vulnerable to potential flooding.

In Chieveley, 80 members of the RAF are working to fill sandbags on behalf of the Environment Agency at a Highways Agency depot more than 20,000 sandbags have already been filled at this site over recent days Around 100 Royal Marines continue to work throughout the Somerset Levels moving and filling sandbags, filling Hesco barriers, relocating pumps, and providing general support to the local authorities and emergency services. Royal Marines from the same unit have also built flood defences in the Alney Island area of Gloucester. There is also a Armyrats © military presence in Winchester in Hamsphire, where assistance is being provided to people whose homes have been affected by flooding.

And an army engineers dive team is available to assist with removing blockages from water courses.

References ^ capture optical and radar imagery (www.gov.uk)

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Armed forces flood relief work