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Last Updated: Friday October 09 2009 14:29 GMT

Queen honours British Iraq troops

Service for Britsh Iraq soldiers

The Queen has attended a special service to officially mark the end of Britain's military mission in Iraq.

The service, at St Paul's Cathedral in London, honoured and remembered the lives of the 179 British soldiers who died during the conflict.

The Queen was joined by veterans and relatives of the soldiers who served in Iraq over the past six years.

Tony Blair, who was Prime Minister for the 2003 invasion, was also there, as was Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, spoke at the service and praised the actions and efforts of the troops in Iraq.

But he also said it would take many years to figure out if the invasion was the right or wrong thing to do.

Britain ended its military mission in Iraq in April 2009, after six years of service in the troubled country.

A map of Iraq

During that time, 179 British soldiers and 55 others were killed in British-led missions.

At one point there were 46,000 members of the British military working in Iraq. Only America had more soldiers there.

What happened?

British soldiers started fighting in Iraq back in 2003, when troops from lots of different countries worked together to invade the country.

They did that because some world leaders feared that the man in control of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, had very dangerous weapons and was going to use them to attack other countries - including the UK. Those weapons were never found.