No Plans for More Iraq Troops, Says Hoon

#1
TCH not only rules out sending troops to replace the Black Watch battle group on the Op Bracken mission, but also has "no plans" to increase total numbers to cover the elections.

I have no plans to deploy extra troops, in the sense that the overall number of British troops in theatre will remain roughly around the 9,000 figure.

In the event of there being a requirement for more troops I would inform the House in the normal way.
http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3820107
 
#2
TCH said:
In the event of there being a requirement for more troops I would inform the House in the normal way.
So, he'll leak it to the media first to test the water, deny it a few times and then make a tedious speech in the House in which he claims it was all sprung on him by the military.
 
#3
Additional forces are not necessary in the MND SE zone.
The US is holding units over that are due to rotate to CONUS and is about to rotate an additional brigade into Iraq for elections. There is some possibility of sending units that were to deploy next year a little early, but housing for additional troops is very limited. An SF Group deployed into Iraq
which should boost SoF capabilities.
 
#6
TCH sir, i do believe that you talketh testicles.

DL, pack your stool prodding equipment, I believe you could soon be in the sand.
 
#9
Filbert Fox said:
TCH sir, i do believe that you talketh testicles.

DL, pack your stool prodding equipment, I believe you could soon be in the sand.
All kit is packed and ready for use in sandy climates...........once bloody more :evil:
 
#10
'Announced yesterday'?

It seems I missed the Sec of State's statement to the House on this, possibly because yet again he hasn't bothered to 'inform the House in the usual way'.

Oh well, stand by for the usual TCH 'I didn't think I would bother telling Parliament because this is entirely a military decision*' pantomime.

*'and no-one trusts me enough to involve me in any decisions.'
 

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