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Untrained, Ill-Equipped US Troops Off to Fight Ebola

•, Jason Ditz

The Pentagon is ratcheting up plans for the long-term deployment of some 4,000 troops into West Africa to fight against the Ebola virus. As more details emerge, the plan appears increasingly haphazard.

Troops preparing for deployment to the Ebola front will be given only a single four-hour training session to transition from their usual soldiering to a campaign against a virus.

Troops are being told that what they're going to face in Liberia and neighboring nations is "much worse" than Afghanistan, though officials continue to downplay the chances of troops actually contracting Ebola.

The troops are still getting those full body protective suits the trainers are wearing though, right? Not at all, according to the Pentagon they're going to get just the gloves and in some cases the face mask.

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