There are as many National Guard members activated in the US as there are active duty troops in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan

Updated 11:48 PM ET, Mon June 1, 2020

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As thousands across the US take to the streets for another day of protests demanding justice for George Floyd, more than 17,000 members of the National Guard are standing ready to support local law enforcement.

That represents approximately the same number of active duty troops deployed in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.
As of Monday, nearly half of the US has activated guard members to respond to civil unrest.
Members of California National Guard patrol, Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Los Angeles.