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Marines Begin Battle for Hearts in Haiti

U.S. Marines began a battle to win hearts and minds in Haiti on Tuesday, and hooked up water pipes to communities around the base of an international force whose presence has stirred anger. The commander of the 2,700-strong U.N.-sanctioned force, Marine Brig. Gen. Ronald Coleman, presided as the first drops of water sprang from two new taps. He even took the first sip. The humanitarian gesture came after Coleman saw residents in the capital’s Tabarre neighborhood, where the force is based, walk for miles with buckets balanced on their heads to get water, spokesman Staff Sgt. Tim Edwards said. Full Story

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