US National Guard in high demand amid civil unrest, pandemic

Washington (AFP) – In civilian life they are plumbers, bankers, doctors or farmers. Now, thousands of US National Guard reservists are on the front lines of the capital, tasked with keeping the peace during President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. While President Donald Trump’s most fervent supporters still refuse to acknowledge his defeat in last November’s election, more than 21,000 National Guard troops have begun pouring in from across the country to prevent a repeat of the deadly assault on the US Capitol last week. They “will conduct security, communications and logistical sup…

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