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Reservists to boost Iraq forces
Reservists make up 25% of the UK's defence capability
A total of 900 more Armed Forces reservists are to be sent to Iraq, Defence Minister Ivor Caplin has said.

The group, from the Territorial Army in Scotland, will replace 750 part-time men and women serving in and around Basra who are due home in May 2005.

The additional 150 reservists will take over a hospital currently being run by the regular army.

They will be deployed from April 2005 onwards, Mr Caplin said in a written answer in the House of Commons.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said the deployment was part of a rotation of troops.

He said they would be deployed to the south-east multi-national area, based around Basra.

There are about 46,000 volunteer reservists in the UK who make up 25% of the Armed Forces.

The Volunteer Reserve Force consists of the Royal Naval Reserve, the Royal Marines Reserve, the Territorial Army , the Reserve Air Forces (the RAF Reserve) and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force.

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