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USPentagon approves additional 2,100 troops to U.S.-Mexico border

21:16  17 july  2019
21:16  17 july  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Pentagon approves additional 2,100 troops to U.S.-Mexico border © Getty Images FILE: A U.S. Army soldier opens a gate while on guard duty near the U.S.-Mexico border on November 5, 2018 in Donna, Texas. Troops had set up razor wire there in previous days to secure an area for tent construction. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, July 17 (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Wednesday it had approved a request to send an additional 1,000 Texas National Guard and 1,100 active duty troops to the border with Mexico, the latest deployment in support of President Donald Trump's controversial immigration crackdown.

Major Chris Mitchell, a Pentagon spokesman, told Reuters that acting Defense Secretary Richard Spencer had approved the additional troops on Tuesday night, and they would be assisting with tasks like logistical support and aerial surveillance.

There are currently about 4,500 active duty and National Guard troops on the border with Mexico.

(Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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