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HEIDELBERG, Germany — More than 100 reservists in Europe – all in key logistics and support units — are being mobilized to help support a possible war with Iraq.

The call-up comes amid reports that the Pentagon is preparing for a massive stateside mobilization involving some 10,000 troops and nearly 300 units.

Many of those forces are expected to deploy to the Middle East in preparation for a possible war with Iraq.

They will join thousands of active-duty troops also entering the region.

Europe has long been a natural steppingstone for troops on their way to the Middle East, and the types of units receiving activation orders on this side of the Atlantic reflect preparations for that influx.

“Five units totaling around 115 soldiers have mobilization orders to support Operation Enduring Freedom and will mobilize in January 2003,” said Maj. Jon Dahms, a spokesman for the 7th Army Reserve Command.

The units, all in Germany, are:

Headquarters, 7th Army Reserve Command, Schwetzingen;280th Rear Operations Center, Mannheim;313th Rear Operations Center, Kaiserslautern;10th Logistics Planning Augmentation Team, Schwetzingen;Augumentation 4, the 7th Joint Task Force,Schwetzingen.Some 90 Europe-based reservists from three units have already been mobilized, said Dahms, mostly to help to support peacekeeping operations in the Balkans.

Beginning in February, 75 more soldiers and three more units will also deploy there.

The 7th Army Reserve Command also has 12 soldiers mobilized with duty in Europe “providing critical intelligence support to U.S. Army Europe under Operation Enduring Freedom supporting operations in the global war on terrorism,” Dahms said.


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