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(FERGUSON, Mo.) — The Missouri National Guard has been ordered to leave the strife-torn town of Ferguson.

Gov. Jay Nixon, who ordered the guard into Ferguson earlier this week, said on Thursday he was withdrawing them because “we continue to see improvement” in safety conditions in the town.

“I greatly appreciate the men and women of the Missouri National Guard for successfully carrying out the specific, limited mission of protecting the Unified Command Center so that law enforcement officers could focus on the important work of increasing communication within the community, restoring trust, and protecting the people and property of Ferguson,” Nixon said in a statement.

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