18,000 Miore National Guard Called Up for Iraq

Defense Secretary Rumsfeld announced plans today for 18,000 more National Guard troops to head to Iraq:

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld ordered on Monday that 18,000 National Guard soldiers be alerted for possible duty in Iraq, beginning this fall or early in 2005.

....The units affected by Monday's order including the headquarters of the 42nd Infantry Division of the New York National Guard in Troy; the 256th Infantry Brigade of the Louisiana National Guard; the 116th Armored Brigade of the Idaho National Guard; and the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment from the Tennessee National Guard.

The Washington Post says it's the biggest deployment of the Guard since WWII.

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