A Royal Military Policeman instructs Iraqi police recruits, 2003
Digital photograph, Operation TELIC, Iraq (2003-2011), 2003.
Following the coalition invasion of Iraq in March 2003, British troops occupied Basra in the south of the country. As well as establishing bases, mounting patrols and checkpoints, they endeavoured to improve the situation for the local population, restoring power and water, reconstructing schools and re-establishing the local police. The latter task was crucial as widespread looting occurred following the collapse of the old regime. The police were also needed to help counter a violent insurgency against the occupation that soon developed.
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National Army Museum, Study collection