Black Watch tour ‘like a lethal Big Brother’

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  1. This from the Sunday Times.

  2. Spin and bullshit, now the Army press officers are in on the New Labour version of the World :roll:
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    Black Watch troops arrive home
    (Filed: 11/12/2004)

    Two hundred soldiers from the Black Watch have arrived back in Britain in time for Christmas as Prime Minister Tony Blair had promised, but amid bitterness over the future of the regiment.

    The soldiers disembark from their chartered flight from Iraq

    The troops touched down at RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire yesterday morning for emotional reunions with their families.

    They then made their way by coach to their base in Warminster after their six-month tour in Iraq, which was concluded with their controversial deployment to the so-called Triangle of Death.

    All of the 850-strong group are expected to be back in the UK by Monday, when Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon is expected to confirm that the Black Watch will be merged into a single Scottish "super regiment".

    Speaking at the base yesterday Lieutenant-Colonel James Cowan, commanding officer of the Black Watch, said: "As a battalion we have never actively sought the limelight. We have had it thrust upon us.

    "We thought ourselves one of the army's best-kept secrets and we would like to return to that and carry on serving this country for as long as we are allowed in our own quiet way."

    He said his troops' deployment to Camp Dogwood had been a "poignant time" and he paid tribute to the five men from the Black Watch that were killed in Iraq, offering sympathies to their families.