Troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq will get annual bonuses of up to £2,240 because of the dangers they face, Tony Blair said yesterday.
The Prime Minister insisted that providing extra money was the "fair thing to do", while admitting that military operations in the Middle East had proved far tougher than expected.
Mr Blair said: "This recent campaign in Afghanistan, which is absolutely vital for our security and the broader security of the region and the world, has brought home to us that our troops today ... are facing dangers and facing a type of conflict that a few years back they were unlikely to face. And I think it's important we recognise that."
Around 15,000 troops on operations in hazardous areas - also including the Balkans - are to benefit from the flat-rate, tax-free payments.
The amount will increase depending on how long their tour is, up to £2,240.