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EX-MAYOR IN TERROR WAR; FRANK DORAN'S TA CALL-UP AS INTELLIGENCE EXPERT.

Byline: JANE WOODHEAD

A FORMER Lord Mayor of Liverpool has been called up to help in the war against terrorism.

Liberal Democrat Frank Doran, a staff sergeant in 3 (Volunteer) Military Intelligence Battalion, is one of up to 140 Territorial Army intelligence experts to be called upon.

This is the first compulsory mobilisation of reservists since the Suez crisis 45 years ago.

The part-time soldiers are all highly-skilled in the art of analysing raw information and turning it into usable intelligence.

Cllr Doran, 51, who was Lord Mayor in 1996-7, said today: ""I did some work with Operation Granby, the precursor to Desert Storm for the Gulf, and that was something I enjoyed.

"It is important to play your part.

"This again shows what a great commitment there is from the Territorial Army to the regular army."

Cllr Doran, a member of the technical staff in the chemistry department at Liverpool University, was elected in 1973 and represents Kensington ward. He is the city council's executive member for leisure and culture.

Cllr Doran has been a member of the TA since the early 70s.

He added: "The TA provides people with a whole range of skills.

"It prepares young people for their future and the training helps them to develop a lot of discipline."

But he said he could not discuss in detail what he would be doing to support the campaign in Afghanistan, due to the sensitive nature of the work.

Announcing the call-up during Commons defence questions yesterday, Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon said it would enable "the current level of operations to be sustained" in the campaign against international terrorism.

The majority will be deployed in the UK.

About 40 will be directly attached to the British land forces operating in Afghanistan and defence sources said some individuals may be sent out to the region to assess material on the ground.

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FRONT LINE: Frank Doran will help support the war against terror in Afghanistan where locals, like Brigade 7, above, are being trained to fight
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Date:Jan 15, 2002
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