Operation Telic (Op TELIC) was the codename under which all of the United Kingdom’s military operations in Iraq were conducted between the start of the 2nd Invasion of Iraq on 19 March 2003 and the withdrawal of the last remaining British forces on 22 May 2011

December 2003 saw the regiment deploy to Iraq on Operation Telic 3.

The regiment saw its first Military Cross awarded to Lance Corporal Christopher Balmforth of ‘B’ Squadron for his actions during an ambush in Basra.

Lance corporal Christopher Balmforth MC

April 2006 saw the regiment deploy once again to Iraq on Operation Telic 8

Regimental Headquarters WMIKs and RAF Merlin, Maysan desert Iraq 2006, Operation Telic 8
C Squadron Challenger 2 sits at the front gates of Camp Abu Naji as part of the Battle Groups Quick Reaction Force. Operation Telic 8, 2006.
C Squadron (Fighting C) QRH, Optelic 8, 2006 — at Maysan Governorate

December 2008 saw the regiment deployed to Iraq on Operation Telic 13.

Heavily modified Challenger 2 of A Squadron the Queen’s Royal Hussars, Operation Telic 13. The Challenger 2 Theatre Entry Standard would see additional armour, electronic countermeasures to eliminate IEDs, drivers thermal and reversing cameras and a Remote Weapons Station fitted.

As Op Telic 13 was the final Operation Telic in Iraq the Queen’s Royal Hussars were intimately involved in the drawdown from the main British base and spent many hours escorting convoys to and from Kuwait.