There is renewed pressure on the British Prime Minister after the deaths of three British soldiers in Iraq. The Scottish troops from the Black Watch regiment were recently moved to a risky area south of Baghdad, to free up US forces for action in the restive Fallujah region.
Tony Blair, speaking on a visit to Brussels, said: “Those people that are trying to create instability and chaos are doing so because of their fear of the democratic process.” The Scottish National Party claims the troop movement was aimed at helping President Bush, and the Black Watch’s mission is virtually impossible. The party’s leader says 800 Scottish troops are replacing 4,000 US marines. Tony Blair maintains the regiment is carrying out what he calls an “important heroic job”, bringing stability to Iraq and the Middle East. The British death toll in Iraq now stands at 73. Floral tributes have been placed outside a church at the Black Watch’s base in England.