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Church service marks Gulf War 25th anniversary

Fri 26 Feb 2016
By Aaron James

A special service at St Paul's Cathedral is being held on Friday to mark 25 years since the first Gulf War, where 47 British soldiers lost their lives.

His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent (below) joined veterans, their families and representatives of the Army, the RAF and the Navy, at the Chapel of St Faith within the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral.



The Ministry of Defence organised the service.

Tributes were paid to everyone involved in the conflict, but especially those who lost their lives. Their names are written on the Gulf War memorial within St Paul's Cathedral.

In all around 53,000 UK personnel were deployed to fight in the Middle Eastern conflict, which lasted from August 2nd 1990 until February 28th 1991.

It was after the late Saddam Hussein illegally commanded Iraqi troops to invade neighbouring Kuwait, which has significant oil reserves.

The United Nations condemned the invasion at the time and imposed a host of sanctions on Iraq before a fightback led by the United States began.

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