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The Pentagon revealed Monday evening that it moved 1,600 US Army soldiers to bases near Washington DC and has them on alert to respond to protests and unrest if necessary.
Troops include an infantry battalion designated Task Force 504 and assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s Immediate Response Force at Fort Bragg, as well as command and control, military police, and engineering units.
The troops, the movement of which was authorized by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, arrived in the last 24 hours, the Pentagon said.
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The Pentagon moved 1,600 US Army soldiers to bases just outside Washington, DC, where they are on alert to respond to unrest in the nation’s capital if necessary.
“The Department of Defense moved multiple active duty Army units into the National Capitol Region as a prudent planning measure in response to ongoing support to civil authorities operations,” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in an emailed statement Tuesday night.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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