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Last Updated:  Monday, 7 April, 2003, 05:31 GMT 06:31 UK
In pictures: UK troops in Basra
u2 Company Irish Guards in action in Basra
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The surprise attack came after troops said they had signals the local regime could be crumbling
British soldiers from the 1 Para Brigade progress towards a town north of Basra
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The operation involved thousands of British troops
Royal Marines from 40 Commando being dropped
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Royal Marines from 40 Commando were dropped into the city by helicopter
A small knot of Iraqi adults and children give thumbs-up signs to British troops
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Some Iraqi civilians seemed happy to see the British troops roll into Iraq's second city
Iraqi civilian signalling to British troops
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Other civilians simply looked extremely anxious
Soldiers inspect an Iraqi army mortar position hidden in farmers' fields north-west of Basra
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Iraqi soldiers encamped on the outskirts of the city fled in a surprise dawn clearing operation
A suspected suicide bomber leans on a wall
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A suspected suicide bomber was stripped and searched after surrendering with five hand grenades
A soldier from the B Squadron Challenger out on patrol in Basra
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Troops have been coming under attack from paramilitaries hiding in buildings
An Iraqi waves flowers as he passes a British position. His broken windshield was unexplained.
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Soldiers say the regular army has left and most citiizens appear supportive
Iraqis carrying stacks of goods in their trucks flee the southern city limits of Basra
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Many Iraqis have fled the city, some appearing to be carrying most of their possessions
Iraqi civilians attach a chair and petrol pump to a tractor
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There was widespread civilian looting of former Baath party and other buildings in the wake of the assault, UK troops reported


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Thousands of Shias greet return of their spiritual leader on 10 May




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