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82nd Airborne Division paratroopers forward deployed near Washington D.C., sources say

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82nd Airborn deployed to Washington DCThe 82nd Airborne Division's Immediate Response Force (IRF) is deploying in response to riots in Washington D.C., three sources confirmed to Connecting Vets.

Connecting Vets was the first to report that the IRF has been placed on alert to respond to civil unrest over the weekend. The Department of Defense denied that report.

"Off-the-record: This is inaccurate ... Not true," officials said in an email. No off-record agreement was negotiated with Connecting Vets.

Now, a defense official with knowledge of troop movement is providing details of the IRF deployment to Joint Base Andrews-Naval Air Facility Washington in Maryland last night. The official was not authorized to speak publicly and provided the information on condition of anonymity.

The IRF is broken down into three separate packages called Immediate Response Battalions (IRB) which are numbered IRB 1, IRB 2, and IRB 3. Yesterday, IRB 1 drew weapons and ammunition, to include crew-served M240 machine guns, at Fort Bragg, the source said.


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