Pentagon moves about 1,600 army troops into the Washington region

Pentagon moves about 1,600 army troops into the Washington region

FILE PHOTO: Protests against the death in Minneapolis custody of George Floyd, in Washington
DC National Guard military police officers look on as demonstrators rally near the White House against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Washington, DC on Jun 1, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo) 

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon has moved about 1,600 US Army troops into the Washington, DC region, the Pentagon said on Tuesday (Jun 2), after several nights of violent protests in the city.

"Active duty elements are postured on military bases in the National Capitol Region but are not in Washington, DC," Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman said in a statement.

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He said the troops were on "heightened alert status" but "are not participating in defence support to civil authority operations". 

Senior defence officials had said on Monday that units would be moving into the Washington region.

The troops include military police and those with engineering capabilities, along with an infantry battalion, Hoffman said.

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