Is this another of those Clairol moments? ("Is she or isn't she?" - "Are they or aren't they?) Hoon's said they won't be (but maybe his words should be picked over). Stories in Labour supporting papers say they might be. What do they hope to gain by leaking and spinning such confusion? A P.R. award? http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/tm_objectid=14931360%26method=full%26siteid=89488%26headline=more%2djocks%2dwill%2dbe%2dsent%2dinto%2dfiring%2dline-name_page.html MORE JOCKS WILL BE SENT INTO FIRING LINE Dec 1 2004 Army chief tells how troops can 'do the job again' By Pippa Crerar BRITAIN'S top Army officer in Iraq warned yesterday that more UK troops could be sent north to the danger zones to help US forces. And the Scots Guards and the Royal Scots could be the next in the firing line, it was claimed. The news came as the Black Watch ended their high-risk mission near the 'triangle of death'. Major General Bill Rollo said: 'If we are asked to do it again, and the situation makes sense, then clearly we are capable of doing it again.' He added: 'I'm not saying that means we are going to be moving out of the south on a full-time basis or even on a regular basis. 'But, as and when the requirement arises and it makes sense to do so, then I'm sure we will.' Senior commanders have denied that more one-off deployments would be 'mission creep'. They claim that the mission was always in Iraq as a whole and never just the south of the country. Army chief General Sir Mike Jackson hinted last week that there could be military reasons for British forces to move north again. MoD officials and ministers have always said such decisions would originate on the ground in Iraq. Major General Rollo is the top-ranking officer in Iraq so his remarks carry real weight. Many Labour backbenchers were last night uncomfortable with the suggestion. They said it was 'stretching the boundaries' of what troops had originally been asked to do. Several warned that the Scots Guards, currently in Basra, and the Royal Scots, due to become the high-readiness regiment in January, could be jetted in to Iraqi danger zones. On a flying visit to Camp Dogwood to congratulate the Black Watch, Rollo insisted it was right to answer the call to back up US forces while they launched a full-on assault on Fallujah. He said the operation had been 'critical' to holding elections in Iraq - a 'central' part of the Army's mission. He added: 'The Americans asked us to help. We had the capacity to do it, we are part of a team and, in my view, finally it was the right thing to do. 'It's a necessary operation. If there's a need to come up here and help, that's what we should do. 'I think it is a fallacy to think that we can sit in one corner of Iraq and think that will then decide the campaign.' Previous requests for British help from the Americans in Najaf and on the Syrian border were turned down. Rollo admitted surprise at the political opposition to the Black Watch's redeployment but claimed it had been a success, despite five deaths.