British Army finally leaves Iraq

British Army soldiers have left Iraq for the last time, bringing the eight-year battle to a close.

According to the Daily Record, the troops left the area on Sunday, and William Hague, the foreign secretary, said the soldiers had left the country "a much better place than we found it."

He continued to say: "Now it is a democratic country. It still has many difficulties but it is a democratic country."

"Its economic prosperity is growing, its potential for a positive role in the region is growing. It was worth doing what we have done."

Although over one hundred army personnel have died whilst on Iraq's front line, the government's general consensus matches that of Hague's - that it was a worthwhile and satisfactory mission. Something that was once a "ruthless dictatorship" is now a democracy, it said.

Furthermore, the government is proud of its soldiers, and the secretary for defence, Liam Fox, confirmed this. He told The Mirror: "The Iraqi Navy has a key role to play in protecting Iraq's territorial waters and the oil infrastructure that is so vital to Iraq's economy."

"I am proud of the role British forces played in making it capable of doing that job."

His comments will surely please the brave men and women who worked hard in Iraq to overcome Saddam Hussein's dictatorship. Although they are coming home, they will likely be renewing their army insurance and heading out to foreign shores soon after, to continue fighting for Britain.

They may also be encouraged by the comments of Iraq's minister for foreign affairs, Hoshyar Zebari. He said the country "appreciated" Britain's help in taking back the nation. 

Written by Deborah Bates

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