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Iowa Guard cancels urban warfare exercise

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- The Iowa Army National Guard is changing its plans for a large scale urban warfare training in Arcadia in western Iowa.

The guard had planned for a four-day training mission in April where oldiers were to go door-to-door looking for a suspected arms dealer.

The city didn't object, but gun-rights advocates are concerned, sending e-mails and making phone calls.

Arcadia Mayor Oran Kohorst says the concerns are "blown out of proportion," and soldiers were never going to confiscate guns.

Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Greg Hapgood says the guard will still do the exercise, but in small groups and at the armory in Carroll.

Hapgood say guard officials changed the plans because the unit involved recently installed new leadership, and smaller unit training would be more beneficial.

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