US military increases protection at Pentagon, bases in Washington DC

In this file photo taken on October 30, 2018 the Pentagon is seen from an airplane over Washington, DC. (AFP)

The US military said on Tuesday it has increased force protection level at the Pentagon and bases around Washington DC.

Cities across the US have seen widespread protests since George Floyd, an African-American man, died at the hands of police in Minneapolis on May 25.

1,500 National Guard troops from other states will be added to Washington, DC, the chief of the National Guard said Tuesday.

A total of 18,000 National Guard troops are assisting law enforcement authorities across 29 states in the country, he said.

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