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National Guard to Leave New Orleans 3.5 Years Later

Last week we heard a lot about President Obama's plan to bring US troops out of Iraq. But yesterday, the National Guard ended its patrol of an American city — New Orleans.

Since Katrina US troops have helped with security in the city. The Guard patrolled high crime areas and neighborhoods that had been left empty. That ended last night around midnight.

Last year, New Orleans topped the most dangerous cities in America list, with a murder rate of one every 40 hours. The police hope the Guard's efforts will have a lasting impact, but they're expecting a tough adjustment after coming to rely on the troops.

Hopefully, the exit signals a positive step toward full recovery from hurricane Katrina.


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clarabelle98 clarabelle98 8 years
Wow, I can't believe they're still there! But it seems that if it's the most dangerous city in the US, then pulling the ENTIRE force out all at once may not be the best idea.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Okay, I had no idea the Guard was still in NO. Where have I been?
wren1 wren1 8 years
Umm, if it made the top most dangerous city, perhaps there's something different needed than the National Guard, so it's probably good that they pulled out. I'm really rooting for New Orleans and their recovery, so much!
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