In March 2003, British forces invaded Iraq. The conquest was swift, but the war continues. Over 100 of our servicemen and an unknown (but large) number of Iraqis have been killed. Many more on both sides have been injured. There is no imminent prospect of military disengagement.
Just over three years on, the Metropolitan Police, working with MI5, mounted an assault in Forest Gate, east London. Two hundred and fifty officers took part in the raid, many of them from firearms units. Despite the fact that no armed resistance was offered, a man was shot.
Both of these massive operations…
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