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National Guard has missile launcher deployed near DAPL protest site

Dakota Access Pipeline protesters spotted a missile launcher system near the protest site earlier this week.The weapon belongs to the North Dakota National Guard. You can see an Avenger missile system in a photo a self-described "citizen journali...

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Dakota Access Pipeline protesters spotted a missile launcher system near the protest site earlier this week.

The weapon belongs to the North Dakota National Guard. You can see an Avenger missile system in a photo a self-described "citizen journalist and activist," Jon Ziegler, posted on Facebook.

If you look closely, it appears to be unarmed, which the National Guard confirms.

Authorities say the system was placed near protesters for a few weeks, but that it was never loaded and no one there had the ability to load it.

Avengers are typically used to shoot down drones and other missiles. But it also has a powerful optic system, and authorities say that's why it was being used at the site.

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The National Guard says the Avenger has since been moved to de-escalate the situation.

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