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In pictures: Saddam's Basra palace
Royal Marines guard the gates
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UK Royal Marines guard the gates of the presidential palace in Basra
Royal Marines run through the palace gardens
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Troops were wary in case forces loyal to Saddam were still in the area
Royal Marine in palace
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The ornate palaces are an impressive backdrop for photographs
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The presidential buildings have suffered neglect, looting and battle damage
Royal Marines
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The palace floor is more luxurious than some of the marines' previous camps
Palace bathroom
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Even the bathrooms and toilets are decorated with a gold finish






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