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Britain deploys 1,200 more troops for Olympics
 
Olympic mascot Wenlock poses next to a British royal guard under the newly revealed Olympic rings in Heathrow Airport: The total cost of the London Olympics, including the cost of security, could end up being about $37.5 billion.
Olympic mascot Wenlock poses next to a British royal guard under the newly revealed Olympic rings in Heathrow Airport: The total cost of the London Olympics, including the cost of security, could end up being about $37.5 billion.
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In advance of Friday's opening ceremony, the British government has decided to deploy an additional 1,200 troops to protect Olympic venues because, it says, the security contractor has failed to supply an adequate number of guards. That brings the grand total of British military personnel involved in Olympic security to 18,200. By comparison, there are 9,500 British troops in Afghanistan.

 

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