MoD mobilises more soldiers in the Middle East

The
Ministry of Defence is mobilising more part-time soldiers for duties in the
Middle East, despite the end of the war in Iraq.

Defence
secretary Geoff Hoon said a further 1,200 reservists would be called up to help
secure post-war Iraq.

The
additional troops will be used to help stabilise the country, and come on top
of the 5,000 reservists already in action.

Hoon
also said that even more personnel could be called up to bolster the UK’s
stretched forces.

Military
cover for the striking firefighters will also be scaled down because the MOD
needs 16,000 standby troops in Iraq.

By Ross Wigham

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