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1 RIFLES Welcomed Home By US Army's Most Senior General In Europe

A homecoming parade for soldiers from the 1st Battalion the Rifles has taken place at their Chepstow home.The salute was taken by the US...

A homecoming parade for soldiers from the 1st Battalion the Rifles has taken place at their Chepstow home.

The salute was taken by the US Army's most senior general in Europe.

In the shadow of the Severn bridge – an empty parade square wait.

Hundreds of families and friends look on – they've come to celebrate the safe return of their loved ones – back from Iraq after an 18-month rotational deployment.

The band of the rifles signal the start of the ceremony, leading 1st Battalion the Rifles onto the square.

The parade is to commemorate their 18-month commitment to training Iraqi and Kurdish forces, in Iraq, to give them better skills to tackle the Islamic terror group IS.

Taking the salute and inspecting the troops, the most senior American General in Europe, Lt General Ben Hodges.

Coincidence, it seems that it happened on the same day as the inauguration of President Trump.

1 RIFLES trained the Iraqi and peshmerga forces in infantry tactics, bomb disposal, field engineering and first aid.

They then helped orientate and support other groups of British troops, deployed on this training mission.

The parade ended in the traditional way. A double past - The RIFLES traditional quick double march.

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