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  UK troops in Iraq celebrate Xmas
Updated 25 December 2003, 13.19
UK soldiers have been tucking into Christmas dinner
Around 10,000 UK troops stationed in Iraq over the Christmas holidays have been celebrating there.

They've been speaking to friends and family back home on the phone, giving presents, singing carols and tucking into traditional Christmas dinners.

Some senior officers in Iraq had a special present for some soldiers, doing the jobs of the lower ranks.

One female soldier said: "It's been a very good Christmas. I've had a really good morning with a lot of presents."

There was lots to be got ready before dinner
There was lots to be got ready before dinner
The soldiers are being extra careful, because they're worried others might use Christmas as a reason to launch some sort of attack.

Even so there was still time for a fancy-dress fun run in the morning, with football, volleyball and bingo planned for later in the day.

UK soldiers aren't just in Iraq though, there are thousands more in other countries as well.

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