UK to provide 13,500 troops to secure 2012 olympics

The military presence for the games will now be bigger than Britain’s current deployment in Afghanistan, where there are about 9,500 British troops.

Of the 13,500 military personnel, about 7,500 will help at venues, helping to admit spectators, athletes and officials through airline-style security.

They will combine with guards from private security firm G4S and volunteers to produce a force of 23,700, up from an original estimate of 10,000.


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