Ex-para Craig Allen continues his account of the time he spent in Iraq during the war

By early April 2003 3 Para were back at their base on a former Iraqi airfield south of Al Amarah having completed their task to secure the old quarter in Basra.

The fighting was essentially over but that didn’t mean life was peaceful. In fact the Battalion was now faced with bringing some kind of order and security to a huge swathe of territory in Maysan Province. Old scores were being settled on a daily basis and this, mixed with the easy availability of abandoned weaponry, made for a volatile mix.


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