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UK medics support Amarah operation (Defence News) 
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UK medics support Amarah operation

Further north UK medics have been providing vital assistance to US troops operating in Amarah. The MiTTs from the United States Marine Corps have been supporting Iraqi soldiers in an attempt to remove militias from the town of Amarah, approximately 80 miles (129km) north of Basra. As part of the operation they requested help from British medics based at the Contingency Operating Base at Basra International Airport.

The team from the UK Medical Group, Royal Army Medical Corps provided lifesaving treatment in support of Operation Herald of Peace. Deploying to Amarah in Merlin Helicopters the medics met up with their US colleagues at Camp Condor before moving to a Forward Operating Base on the outskirts of Amarah itself.

The medics worked for 1st Iraqi Army Division and their US MiTTs. On the evening of the actual operation the atmosphere was tense, as Private Wandworth, one of the British medics explained:

"It was a busy time for everyone, whilst we set up the medical facility we could see the US MiTTs and the Iraqi Army preparing for the operation, I think everyone expected the militias to stand and fight and it was a nervous time for everyone."


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Medics: Capts John Bell, Alice Parr MD, Sgt Henderson, LCpl Richardson, Pte Wadworth, Signaller White and L Cpl Rorkes

Operation Herald of Peace was regarded as a success for the Iraqi Army and their US MiTTs. Amarah town was secured without loss of life and a number of militia leaders surrendered.

For Captain John Bell, the nursing officer in charge of the team, this was a chance to be part of something different:

"This was a fantastic experience. We deployed a Role 1 treatment facility at short notice by helicopter in support of a fast-paced operation. We were impressed by the professionalism of the US Marines and the Iraqi 1st Division who were living in pretty austere conditions and we couldn't have been made to feel more welcome or appreciated for our contribution."

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