Canterbury Archbishop Questions Morality Of Iraq War. Queen, top military attended. 120,000 members of the UK Armed Forces and civilians served in Iraq over 6 years. 46,000 were involved in the assault on southern Iraq and its initial occupation. April 09, handover of authority to American forces ended Britain’s combat role.This was second British occupation on Iraq. The first British Empire occupation lasted from 1919 – 1935, with the last soldiers leaving in 1955. The UK continues to assist with training Iraqi security forces.


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