Tuesday, June 1, 2010

US Troops Leave Haiti

The bulk of American forces are leaving Haiti now that the situation has somewhat stabilized. This was an expected move and something that had been agreed upon. The United States will continue to offer assistance and will have a few hundred personal to help in the rebuilding effort.


"The bulk of U.S. military forces will depart Haiti on Tuesday, leaving United Nations forces and civilian groups to help the country rebuild its devastated capital in the wake of January's deadly earthquake.

The departure, which was agreed upon by the U.S. and Haitian governments and long anticipated, signals that "we have reached a basic level of sustainment in Haiti," said State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley in an interview on Monday. "The military played an essential short-term role, but now this is getting back to where the focus is on development, and that expertise rests in the civilian sector."

The U.S. will remain involved in assisting Haiti through the U.S. Agency for International Development, the lead agency coordinating the U.S. response, U.N. efforts and nonprofit groups, U.S. officials said.

In addition, 500 National Guard troops will be stationed in Haiti for several months to help construct schools, clinics, and community centers, while medical staff aboard the USS Iwo Jima will offer continued medical care to Haitians when the ship arrives in the Port-de-Paix area in July.

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