SEE IT: Washington D.C. ahead of Biden’s inauguration looks like Bagdad’s Green Zone Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 5, 2021

Washington D.C., the capital of the United States, now looks like a war zone with about 25,000 National Guards from all the 50 states, road blocks, road closures and police vehicles all over the place. Many have compared DC ahead of Joseph R. Biden’s inauguration to Bagdad Green Zone in Iraq.

Virginia National Guard Airmen assigned to the 192nd Security Forces Squadron, 192nd Mission Support Group, 192nd Wing help to secure the grounds near the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 13, 2021, in Washington, D.C. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Myhr)
Virginia National Guard Airmen assigned to the 192nd Security Forces Squadron, 192nd Mission Support Group, 192nd Wing help to secure the grounds near the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 13, 2021, in Washington, D.C. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Myhr)
U.S. Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment, New Jersey National Guard turn in weapons in Washington, D.C., Jan. 14, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht)
U.S. Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment, New Jersey National Guard turn in weapons in Washington, D.C., Jan. 14, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht)
59th Presidential Inauguration support U.S. Soldiers stand in front of the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Jan. 13, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Andrew Walker)
59th Presidential Inauguration support U.S. Soldiers stand in front of the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Jan. 13, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Andrew Walker)
U.S. Soldiers with Echo Company, 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion, 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade refuels a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at a forward arming and refueling point in the 28th ECAB's area of operations in the Middle East. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Rob Donovic)
U.S. Soldiers with Echo Company, 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion, 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade refuels a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at a forward arming and refueling point in the 28th ECAB’s area of operations in the Middle East. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Rob Donovic)
Lt. Gen. Marc H. Sasseville, Vice Chief, National Guard Bureau, visits National Guard servicemembers on duty near the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 12th, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington, D.C., to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. The National Guard continues to support our local community and is proud, proven and prepared to assist local and federal partners in the District of Columbia. (National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Enriquez)
Lt. Gen. Marc H. Sasseville, Vice Chief, National Guard Bureau, visits National Guard servicemembers on duty near the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 12th, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington, D.C., to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Enriquez)
Members of the Tennessee National Guard offload equipment from a KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 134th Air Refueling Wing, Tennessee Air National Guard, upon arrival to Joint Base Andrews, Md., Jan. 15, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington D.C. to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Morgan R. Whitehouse)
Members of the Tennessee National Guard offload equipment from a KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 134th Air Refueling Wing, Tennessee Air National Guard, upon arrival to Joint Base Andrews, Md., Jan. 15, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington D.C. to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Morgan R. Whitehouse)
U.S. Air Force Airmen, assigned to the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, offload cargo from a C-130 Hercules upon arrival to Joint Base Andrews, Md. Jan. 15, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington D.C. to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Morgan R. Whitehouse)
U.S. Air Force Airmen, assigned to the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, offload cargo from a C-130 Hercules upon arrival to Joint Base Andrews, Md. Jan. 15, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington D.C. to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Morgan R. Whitehouse)
Members of the North Carolina National Guard deboard a C-17 Globemaster III, assigned to the 145th Airlift Wing, North Carolina Air National Guard, upon arrival to Joint Base Andrews, Md. Jan. 15, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington D.C. to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Morgan R. Whitehouse)
Members of the North Carolina National Guard deboard a C-17 Globemaster III, assigned to the 145th Airlift Wing, North Carolina Air National Guard, upon arrival to Joint Base Andrews, Md. Jan. 15, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington D.C. to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Morgan R. Whitehouse)
Members of the North Carolina National Guard deboard a C-17 Globemaster III, assigned to the 145th Airlift Wing, North Carolina Air National Guard, upon arrival to Joint Base Andrews, Md. Jan. 15, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington D.C. to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Morgan R. Whitehouse)
Members of the North Carolina National Guard deboard a C-17 Globemaster III, assigned to the 145th Airlift Wing, North Carolina Air National Guard, upon arrival to Joint Base Andrews, Md. Jan. 15, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington D.C. to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Morgan R. Whitehouse)

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Members of the Tennessee National Guard unload equipment from a KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 134th Air Refueling Wing, Tennessee Air National Guard, upon arrival to Joint Base Andrews, Md. Jan. 15, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington D.C. to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Morgan R. Whitehouse)
Members of the Tennessee National Guard unload equipment from a KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 134th Air Refueling Wing, Tennessee Air National Guard, upon arrival to Joint Base Andrews, Md. Jan. 15, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington D.C. to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Morgan R. Whitehouse)
Soldiers and equipment of Minnesota National Guard’s Pine City-based B Troop, 1-94th Cavalry Squadron are loaded onto aircraft of the 133rd Airlift Wing Jan. 16, 2021. National Guard units from across the country are providing support to local law enforcement in Washington D.C. for the 59th Presidential Inauguration later this month. (Photo by Anthony Housey)
Soldiers and equipment of Minnesota National Guard’s Pine City-based B Troop, 1-94th Cavalry Squadron are loaded onto aircraft of the 133rd Airlift Wing Jan. 16, 2021. National Guard units from across the country are providing support to local law enforcement in Washington D.C. for the 59th Presidential Inauguration later this month. (Photo by Anthony Housey)
Brig. Gen. Lowell Kruse, Camp Ripley Senior Commander and Assistant Adjutant General – Army of the Minnesota National Guard cheers on the Soldiers of the Pine City-based Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron 94th Cavalry as the load a C-130 bound for Washington D.C. Jan 16, 2021. (Photo by Anthony Housey)
Brig. Gen. Lowell Kruse, Camp Ripley Senior Commander and Assistant Adjutant General – Army of the Minnesota National Guard cheers on the Soldiers of the Pine City-based Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron 94th Cavalry as the load a C-130 bound for Washington D.C. Jan 16, 2021. (Photo by Anthony Housey)

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Members of the Delaware Army National Guard's 1049th Transportation Company assemble their equipment and vehicles prior to a convoy of 46 Light Medium Tactical Vehicles headed to the National Capitol Region January 16, 2021, in Seaford, Del. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several other states have traveled to the District to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Air National Guard photos by Maj. Bernie Kale)
Members of the Delaware Army National Guard’s 1049th Transportation Company assemble their equipment and vehicles prior to a convoy of 46 Light Medium Tactical Vehicles headed to the National Capitol Region January 16, 2021, in Seaford, Del. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several other states have traveled to the District to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Air National Guard photos by Maj. Bernie Kale)
Soldiers from B, 1-94th Cavalry, based in Duluth, tested for COVID-19 in preparation for an upcoming mobilization to Washington D.C. to support the 59th Presidential Inauguration. During the testing, Soldiers were also given the opportunity to get vaccinated against the virus. The vaccine program is currently voluntary for service members. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Sgt. Mahsima Alkamooneh)
Soldiers from B, 1-94th Cavalry, based in Duluth, tested for COVID-19 in preparation for an upcoming mobilization to Washington D.C. to support the 59th Presidential Inauguration. During the testing, Soldiers were also given the opportunity to get vaccinated against the virus. The vaccine program is currently voluntary for service members. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Sgt. Mahsima Alkamooneh)
U.S. Army Pfc. Emmanuel Merejo, an infantryman trained to deter enemy forces, assigned to C. Co. 1 Battalion 69th Infantry, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 42nd Infantry Division, helps a New York resident with the initial check-in process in support of mass COVID-19 vaccinations administered by the New York State Department of Health at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, New York, January 15, 2021.
U.S. Army Pfc. Emmanuel Merejo, an infantryman trained to deter enemy forces, assigned to C. Co. 1 Battalion 69th Infantry, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 42nd Infantry Division, helps a New York resident with the initial check-in process in support of mass COVID-19 vaccinations administered by the New York State Department of Health at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, New York, January 15, 2021.
59th Presidential Inauguration support The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial stands over the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Jan. 14, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Andrew Walker)
59th Presidential Inauguration support The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial stands over the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Jan. 14, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Andrew Walker)
A Soldier with the New Jersey Army National Guard’s 508th Military Police Company stands at a security post near the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Walker)
A Soldier with the New Jersey Army National Guard’s 508th Military Police Company stands at a security post near the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Walker)
U.S. National Guard Soldiers rest between shifts in the Visitor Center in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 13, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht)
U.S. National Guard Soldiers rest between shifts in the Visitor Center in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 13, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht)
National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to the National Capital Region to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau; Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau Tony Whitehead; Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Sampa, command sergeant major of the Army National Guard; and Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Maurice Williams, command chief master sergeant of the Air National Guard, visited troops on duty on Capitol Hill and staged at the D.C. Armory on Jan. 8, 2021. (Courtesy of the National Guard Bureau)
National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to the National Capital Region to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau; Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau Tony Whitehead; Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Sampa, command sergeant major of the Army National Guard; and Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Maurice Williams, command chief master sergeant of the Air National Guard, visited troops on duty on Capitol Hill and staged at the D.C. Armory on Jan. 8, 2021. (Courtesy of the National Guard Bureau)
U.S. Soldiers with the New Jersey National Guard take the oath of office to serve with Capitol Police in the Visitor Center at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 13, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht)
U.S. Soldiers with the New Jersey National Guard take the oath of office to serve with Capitol Police in the Visitor Center at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 13, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht)
U.S. Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment, New Jersey National Guard, stand in formation before beginning their guard shift near the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Devlin Drew)
U.S. Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment, New Jersey National Guard, stand in formation before beginning their guard shift near the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Devlin Drew)
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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