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[casi] 10,000 reservists get Iraq attack call-up

The decision isn't final - yet somehow it is...,,4281-469148,00.html
November 04, 2002

10,000 reservists get Iraq attack call-up
By Michael Evans, Defence Editor

THE Government is planning to mobilise 10,000 reservists to ensure that war-strength units are 
ready for an attack on Iraq early next year.

The call-up is the largest since contingency plans were laid for a possible land offensive against 
the Serbs in Kosovo in 1999. Its size gives the clearest signal of the substantial military 
contribution the Government is expected to offer to a US-led coalition if diplomacy fails to remove 
President Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction.

The Government is expected to make a Commons statement before the call-up is enforced under the 
Reserves Forces Act. However, the Ministry of Defence said there were no plans for a political 
announcement this week.

It was also reported last night that the Government would issue a Queen’s Order, ensuring that no 
employer, or reservist, could block the call-up. The move would give defence chiefs the right to 
call up more reservists than would normally be available.

Diplomatic efforts were continuing to reach agreement on a UN Security Council resolution to back 
up the return of weapons inspectors to Iraq.

~ Anai Rhoads

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