Mil News Plan to shift troops 'appalling'

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Pressure is mounting to clarify the role of Scottish troops in Iraq after it emerged the Black Watch may be redeployed to assist US forces.
The plans have been condemned as "appalling" by former SNP leader and North Tayside MSP John Swinney.

It is understood that UK troops have been asked to fill in behind US soldiers.

The most likely candidates are thought to be the Black Watch, who are acting as the reserve battalion in Iraq.

It would mean placing the units involved under direct US command.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed that discussions were taking place with the US but insisted that no decisions had yet been made.

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