Stars and Stripes stripes.com 07 Jan, 2021 19:15 am

Several thousand National Guard troops deploy to DC after Trump backers storm US Capitol

Several thousand National Guard troops deploy to DC after Trump backers storm US Capitol
The Pentagon approved the deployment of at least 5,000 National Guard troops from states near Washington, D.C., into the nation’s capital in the hours after a mob of President Donald Trump supporters forced their way into the U.S. Capitol, defense officials said Thursday.

Several thousand National Guard troops deploy to DC after Trump backers storm US Capitol DC National Guard stand outside the Capitol, Wednesday night, Jan.JOHN MINCHILLO/AP The Pentagon approved the deployment of at least 5,000 National Guard troops from states near Washington, D.Officials from Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware and New York confirmed their governors had authorized deployments of their National Guard troops into Washington.National Guard, a force of some 1,100, was already activated Wednesday amid the riot.

None of the National Guard troops who have deployed or will deploy into Washington were expected to be armed with firearms or nonlethal weapons, according to two defense officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.The precise roles for National Guard troops entering the city was not immediately clear Thursday.

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