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MI Air National Guard troops to combat ISIS

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The Michigan Air National Guard has sent troops to the Middle East to, in the words of military officials, “eliminate” ISIS, the terrorist group responsible for numerous acts of violence in Iraq and Syria. About 350 airmen based at Selfridge Air National Guard base near Detroit are now in the region, as well as twelve A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft. The A-10, nicknamed, the “Warthog,” is equipped with a high-powered rotary cannon capable of destroying a tank. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with the commander of the Michigan Air National Guard, Brigadier General Leonard Isabelle, about why the troops were deployed.

Kevin Lavery is a general assignment reporter and occasional local host for Morning Edition and All Things considered.
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