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Amid security worries over power transfer, is the US facing a domestic insurgency?

Members of the National Guard stand at the East Front of the US Capitol in Washington on Jan 18, 2021.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

WASHINGTON - The Jan 6 storming of the Capitol by Donald Trump supporters, and threats by radical groups around this Wednesday's (Jan 20) inauguration triggering a massive security response - principally in Washington DC but also at other state capitols - has spawned a discussion as to whether the United States is facing a domestic insurgency.

The ingredients are present, starting with a politically polarised population in which grievances have festered.

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