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UK to Provide 13,500 Troops to Guard 2012 Olympics

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Now we go to the UK, in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games. Britain says it will provide 13,500 troops as back-up security for the 2012 Olympic Games—more than it has in Afghanistan—in Britain's largest peacetime security operation. Here's more.

Britain will provide 13,500 troops to protect next summer's London Olympics—4,000 more than in Afghanistan—after organizers said international uncertainty meant security for the event needed to be doubled.

Defense Secretary Philip Hammond says the military support will provide back-up for police and private staff already hired to secure the perimeters of the Olympic and Paralympics venues in what will be Britain's largest peacetime security operation.

The military presence will also include Special Forces and specialist bomb disposal units as well as a 1,000-strong contingency force in case of an Olympics-related civil emergency.

[Philip Hammond, UK Defense Secretary]:
"7,500 of these are providing venue guarding capability, they will add resilience and robustness to what will be a civilian led operation. The other 5 or 6,000 will be providing military support to the police in what will be the biggest security challenge this country has faced for decades. We're very pleased that the military will be able to provide their specialist skills and specialist equipment to support the police and make sure this is a safe and secure Olympic Games."

The Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, will be protected by missiles against airborne attack, in line with measures taken by Beijing in 2008 and Athens in 2004.

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