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THE battle to restore security to Iraq is not just taking place on the ground.
Airmen from the north and north-east are also playing a part in returning the country to something approaching normality.
About 135 soldiers from 51 Squadron, RAF Regiment, from RAF Lossiemouth, are responsible for protecting the airspace around the British Army's main base next to Basra Airport.
It's their job to protect against small-arms fire, surface-to-air missiles and rocket attacks on the base itself. They also carry out patrols in their armoured vehicles and on foot in the towns and villages surrounding the camp.
And another Moray squadron spent two months flying Tornado jets from the nearby Ul Udaid base.
Members of 617 Squadron, from RAF Lossiemouth, provided air support to coalition troops on the ground.
More than 100 personnel – 18 aircrew, 90 aircraft engineers and about 15 others handling operations and administration – kept the Tornados flying as they carried out reconnaissance and provided close air support, in the shape of videos and photographs for the British, Iraqi and American forces, as well as others in the coalition.