posted on Dec, 5 2004 @ 10:44 AM
Britons "Black Watch" are said to be home for Christmas and the troops declared "mission accomplished." The Black Watch had a 370-mile road trip
back into Basra from Camp Dogwood near Baghdad with more than 200 vehicles involved stretching into a ten mile long convoy along dusty desert roads
avoiding roadside bombs. After spending a month long mission at Camp Dogwood near Baghdad, Iraq. A media blackout had been put in place, all movements
of the convoy were precise and no casualties had been reported in route back into Basra. Sadly, five Black Watch solders had been killed during their
deployment in Iraq.
The Black Watch rolled back into Basra yesterday after their controversial month-long mission to Camp Dogwood near Baghdad. Soldiers declared mission
accomplished as the convoy of more than 200 vehicles reached the relative safety of Shaibah Logistics Base.
Lt Col James Cowan
Paying tribute to the five soldiers who died on the deployment, Lt Col James Cowan, the commanding officer, said: "The happiness of our homecoming is
marked by the thought that some of us are not coming back.
Warrior driver L/Cpl Lewis Montague, 23, from Kirkcaldy, summed up the general feeling: "It's been quite a privilege to be chosen to go up to a part
of Iraq where none of the British Army has been before. It was the first time we had experience of suicide bombers, but there was never a feeling
among us that this wasn't worth it. We have made a difference just being here. It's our job and we had to do it."
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Well I’m glad they got out and will get home for the holidays; it’s too bad the rest of the troops in Iraq will still be there. I wish all the troops
the shortest time in theater and a safe return home.
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[edit on 5-12-2004 by Banshee]