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National Guard Still Fighting in Middle East Despite Domestic Deployments

Since early 2020, the National Guard has been subject to frequent domestic deployments between the coronavirus pandemic, nationwide protests, and the military occupation of Washington DC in the wake of the January 6th incident at the Capitol building. Despite how busy the reserve force is in the homeland, the National Guard is still being deployed to fight wars in the Middle East.

The Associated Press spoke with members of the Louisiana National Guard who were sent to Syria after being on domestic deployments. The US keeps a small occupation force of about 900 troops in northeast Syria.

On paper, the US military is helping the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fight ISIS, but in reality, the mission is part of the economic strangulation of Syria. On top of crippling economic sanctions that specifically target reconstruction efforts and the energy sector, the region of Syria where US troops are deployed is where most of the country’s oil fields are, keeping the vital resource out of the hands of Damascus.

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