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Alright. If this doesn’t get your hackles up, nothing will. Are these poor people supposed to be cannon fodder? The Army plans to send 800 Reservists over to Iraq with no weapons and no vehicles.

About 800 members of the 98th Army Reserve Division from Rochester, New York will begin a year-long mission in Iraq next month.

The unit, which normally trains reserve and active-duty soldiers in the U.S., will find itself training Iraq’s new army.

The 98th is a non-combat unit that doesn’t even have its own weapons or vehicles.

“This is a hard war and we, frankly, inside the Army Reserve have been not properly prepared for it,â€? said Lt. Gen. James Helmly, chief of the U.S. Army Reserve.

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