Incoming US defense chief promises to fight extremists in the ranks

Washington (AFP) – President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to be the next defense secretary, Lloyd Austin, pledged Tuesday to tackle extremists in the military’s own ranks, after some members of the military dressed in civilian clothing took part in the attack on the US Capitol by a pro-Trump mob.   “The activity that we’ve seen recently in terms of potential racists or extremist behavior within our ranks is in my view absolutely unacceptable,” said Austin, a former general who is set to become the first African American to head the Pentagon.  In a hearing of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, Aus…

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