July 13th, 2012
12:53 PM ET

Outer Circle: UK calls extra troops for Olympic games

In London, with the Olympics just two weeks away, the British government announced Thursday that it would use an additional three and a half thousand troops as security for the games after the security contractor hired by the Olympic committee said it won't have enough people ready in time.

Jim Boulden is in London. We asked him how this will affect security during the Olympics?

UK: 3,500 extra troops called in for Olympic security

British Home Secretary Theresa May defended Thursday the government's decision to bring in an additional 3,500 military personnel to ensure security for the Olympic Games, only 15 days before the event starts.

She said it had only become clear on Wednesday that the contractor G4S was not able to provide all the security staff it had promised to the organizers of the London Olympic Games.

But, May told the House of Commons, "there is no question of Olympic security being compromised."

The government's decision to bring in additional troops, on top of the 13,500 already agreed, was the appropriate response to the shortfall in G4S staff, she said.


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