900 troops will return to their bases in North Carolina and New York
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper ordered the withdrawal of 900 regular troops who were deployed last week to the Washington, DC area to prevent possible riots. The military is expected to return to their bases. This was announced on Friday by US Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy.
Troops will be returned to Fort Bragg bases in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York State.
The military, arriving in Washington from North Carolina, went home around midnight on Thursday, and on Friday, Esper ordered the troops returning from Fort Drum to return to the base.
According to McCarthy, a small army unit with a permanent location in Arlington, Virginia, will be ready to assist law enforcement if necessary.
“We had four peaceful days in a row,” McCarthy explained, adding that the decision to send the military was made after the events that occurred during the riots last Sunday.
Although the troops were in the metropolitan area, they were not deployed directly to Washington, and were on standby in case of need.
Now in Washington and in areas adjacent to the District of Columbia, about 5,000 national guards are deployed.