Pentagon Considering Military Intervention in Haiti Following Assassination

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby confirmed Monday the department is “reviewing” a request from the interim government in Port-au-Prince for U.S. troops.(YASIN OZTURK/ANADOLU AGENCY VIA GETTY IMAGES)

The Defense Department is “reviewing” a request for some form of military support for Haiti as the impoverished island nation continues to reel from the assassination of its embattled president.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby confirmed Monday the department is “reviewing” a request from the interim government in Port-au-Prince for U.S. troops, to help secure infrastructure a week after Haitian President Jovenel Moise was killed in his residence by an apparent hit team composed of American and Colombian citizens.

Interim Haitian Prime Minister Claude Joseph raised the idea of U.S. military support, perhaps as part of an international peacekeeping mission, in a phone call on Wednesday with Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. A senior official initially told Reuters that the Biden administration had “no plans to provide U.S. military assistance at this time.”

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Source: Paul D. Shinkman, US News & World Report