The British formally ended their military presence in Iraq Thursday, turning over their base at Basra, not to the Iraqis, but to American forces. 179 British soldiers died in Iraq.
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Family and fellow soldiers describe them: a nice lad, a devoted father of three, engaged to Lucy, a keen footballer, engaged to Helen, and "died trying to do the right thing." For more portraits, go here; for an archive of the British in Iraq, go here