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U.S. Rules of Engagement Shift in Haiti

U.S. Marines sent to quell violence in Haiti have received new orders to seize guns from Haitians they encounter on patrol and to open fire, if necessary, to prevent further killings, the senior American commander in the region said yesterday. The formal rule changes are designed to deter violence and protect 2,500 foreign peacekeeping troops from gunmen waging a brutal power struggle in the aftermath of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s resignation, said Gen. James T. Hill, chief of the U.S. Southern Command. “These gunmen posed a threat to our forces,” Hill told reporters at the Pentagon. “Any loss of life is regrettable, but we will simply not tolerate acts of violence against our multinational forces or innocent Haitians.” Full Story

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