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Shameful threat to our forces.

Months after the British Army served with such heroism and professionalism in Iraq thousands of soldiers face redundancy in a new round of defence cuts.

The cuts will mean the disbanding of one of our proudest and most historic regiments, the King's Own Scottish Borderers, based in Berwick.

Only last week the Prime Minister underlined his determination to continue the war on terror. In Iraq, success in that war depended upon our infantry units and our whole military machine was stretched to near breaking point.

It is difficult to see how we can play our part on the world stage with fewer soldiers than we now have.

But what is most insidious about the Government's planned cuts is that they further sever historic links between local communities and the regiments which draw their strength from among them.

The King's Own Scottish Borderers, veterans of the first Gulf War, are a fine example of this.

It is this local connection upon which the world-renowned ability of our forces is built. It seems it will not be for much longer.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 24, 2003
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