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Pentagon deploys air defenses in DC

The Pentagon arrayed Avenger air defense systems, Sentinel radars and hand-held Stinger missiles and has stepped up combat air patrols over the Washington region in response to the heightened threat of a terrorist attack this week, according to a military official. The Customs Service is flying helicopters over the area as well. The Federal Aviation Administration has also expanded the temporary flight restrictions to 30 miles from Washington, up from the 15-mile restricted area in place since Sept. 11, 2001. The restrictions require pilots to follow strict communications and security procedures. Many of the same systems were put in place for the president’s State of the Union address — a potential terrorist target as nearly all government leaders were gathered at the U.S. Capitol. They were taken down shortly thereafter. Full Story

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