The 10,000 National Guardsmen set to be deployed to Washington, DC, by the weekend in advance of Inauguration Day represent roughly double the amount of troops on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.
National Guard Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson told reporters Monday that about 10,000 reserve troops would be in DC by the weekend, with the potential for that number to rise as high as 15,000.
The eye-popping comparison — reported Tuesday by Business Insider — illustrates the extent to which authorities are going to secure the Beltway following a deadly Jan. 6 riot in which supporters of President Trump stormed the US Capitol, seeking to prevent Congress’ certification of Joe Biden’s presidential election victory.
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By comparison, Iraq and Afghanistan will each have about 2,500 US troops on the ground, effective Friday.