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Asked for a reaction to reports that the Government was considering sending 1,700 additional troops to Iraq to replace Spanish troops once they withdrew, the PMS said that we were keeping the situation in Iraq under constant review, as you would expect. No decision had been taken at this stage regarding the deployment of further troops. Asked if a request had been made, the PMS said that discussions had been held with our Coalition partners since the announcement about the withdrawal of Spanish troops. However, no decisions had been made at this stage. Asked about the possibility that British troops might be asked to patrol areas deep within the ‘Sunni Triangle’, the PMS said she had no doubt that all the relevant issues would be looked at were any decisions to be taken.

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