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Britain deploys 1,200 more troops for Olympics

Updated: July 24, 2012, 9:15 AM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Britain's government opted Tuesday to deploy 1,200 more troops to protect Olympic venues -- a move that reflects a lack of confidence that private security contractor G4S can deliver all it promised for the games.

The fresh troops come only three days before Friday's opening ceremony and mean that some 18,200 U.K. military personnel are now involved in some capacity in securing the London games -- dwarfing the 9,500 British troops now in Afghanistan. The decision followed a Cabinet ...

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