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  Part-time soldiers called up for Iraq
Updated 11 February 2003, 08.51
Ark Royal
More than 1,000 part-time soldiers from Britain's Territorial Army are to receive call-up papers in preparation for attacks on Iraq.

And more are likely to be called up in the next few weeks.

The government says it is important to be prepared for a war with Iraq - even though that may never happen.

A total of 40,000 part-time volunteer soldiers are in the Territorial Army.

Task force


But the British Army as a whole has four times as many troops.

The government is also sending a Royal Navy task force, led by HMS Ark Royal, to the Gulf.

Other ships include three destroyers, a frigate, four auxiliary vessels, anti-mine ships and a submarine.



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