Pentagon chief opens discussion about extremism in the ranks

Washington (AFP) – Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin launched a discussion about extremism in the US military Wednesday, as the Pentagon reels from the revelation that several troops and veterans participated in the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Austin, who is the first Black person to serve as Pentagon chief, has given all units 60 days to hold a day of talks on extremism, his spokesperson John Kirby said. The aim is to teach troops about the dangers of extremism and misinformation, but also to hear their views, Kirby added. Over the past decade, several successive US administrations have act…

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