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National Guard inauguration deployment 4 times more than number of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq

National Guard inauguration deployment 4 times more than number of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq

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National Guard inauguration deployment 4 times more than number of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq

During a press conference on Wednesday, Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee said, 'I think you can expect to see somewhere, upwards beyond 20,000 members of the National Guard that will be here in the footprint of the District of Columbia.'

's inauguration, which is roughly four times more than the amount of troops currently in Afghanistan and Iraq combined.During a press conference on Wednesday, Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee said,"I think you can expect to see somewhere, upwards beyond 20,000 members of the National Guard that will be here in the footprint of the District of Columbia."

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When asked if he has ever seen law enforcement reinforcement to this magnitude in D.C., Contee said"not at this level, no."Contee also noted that since the inauguration was designated as a national special security event, the final numbers of National Guard members deployed in the city"will be provided from the United States Secret Service."

The 20,000 National Guard members expected in the city is an increase of 5,000, as 15,000 were previously deployed to the city by the Department of Defense earlier this week.As theMilitary Timesnoted on Tuesday, the 15,000 National Guard members deployed earlier this week was about twice the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, due to a drawdown to 2,500 troops in both nations. The drawdown was announced by Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller in November, when he said that by January 15, Afghanistan will reduce from 4,500 troops and Iraq from 3,000. headtopics.com

With the increase in National Guard members on Wednesday, the inauguration will have around four times more troops than those in Afghanistan and Iraq combined.National Guard members were previously deployed in D.C. following the September 11 terrorist attacks and in 1968 as the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sparked riots, but neither deployed the estimated 20,000 that will be on hand for Biden's inauguration.

Newsweekreached out to the National Guard for comment but did not receive a reply before publication.Members of the National Guard walk through the Visitor Center of the U.S. Capitol on January 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. Security has been increased throughout Washington following the breach of the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, and leading up to the Presidential inauguration.

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Should of been there on the 6th protecting the biggest congressional live session in 50 years. And if there was sufficiant security. Trump would more than likely b prez bc 7 senators would of signed instead they recanted bc of the breach Third world country So domestic terrorists are more of a danger than Afghanistan.