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Coalition Forces preparing for an evening raid. The British are co-located at Camp Viper, Iraq. The British forces are from 2/1 Battery, 16th Air Assault Brigade. They are working between Basra and Camp Viper, providing Force Protection.
Photo by MSgt Edward D Kniery

Legendary infantry units could also disappear as Defence Secretary Philip Hammond admitted yesterday that ­“difficult decisions” will have to be made.

He warned: “Some units inevitably will be lost or will merge.”

As the Army prepares to reduce from 102,000 soldiers to just 82,000, the Mirror understands 5 Rifles, The Coldstream Guards, 3 Mercian and 2 Royal Regiment of Fusiliers are among those facing the axe.

Mr Hammond yesterday conceded that cuts would mean greater use of reserves and private contractors.

Read the rest of Chris Hughes report at The Mirror.

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