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Pictures: Military training exercise in Galloway

NATO pilot training Credit: ITV News Border

More than 3,000 troops are taking part in "Operation Joint Warrior" in and around Galloway Forest in Dumfriesshire.

A group of British and French paratroopers are also carrying out a parachute drop near to the Braid Fell area.

Foot soldiers on patrol Credit: ITV News Border
A military helicopter swooping over the hill Credit: ITV News Border
Capturing the helicopters in action Credit: ITV News Border

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Major military exercise underway in Galloway

More than 3,000 troops including British and French paratroopers are taking part in a joint training exercise in the Galloway Forest near Dalbeattie.

It will involve a parachute drop in the Braid Fell area, as well as a substantial amount of fixed wing and helicopter flying.

Routine movement of MOD vehicles can be expected between Galloway Forest and the north of Dalbeattie, and convoys may be present on the A75.

MSPs quit over NATO decision

Two MSPs have quit the Scottish National Party over the decision to remain linked to NATO. John Finnie and Jean Urquhart will now sit in the Scottish Parliament as Independents.

Last week at the SNP conference, the party narrowly voted to decide to remain tied to NATO if Scotland becomes an independent country. It's thought the pair have quit as they believe that decision is at odds with the SNPs anti-nuclear stance.