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Canadian troops brace for a bad time in Haiti

Although much of the violence has abated, soldiers could be drawn into turf wars between rival gangs. The vanguard of a Canadian military force landed in the humid Haitian capital yesterday, steeling for a mission the troops say could be as dangerous and unpredictable as the one in Afghanistan. The troops, working under the name Operation Halo, are in Haiti to join the United Nations multinational task force in its daunting task of disarming a country deeply divided by the rebel uprising that led to the Feb. 29 ouster of president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. “In Afghanistan you don’t know who the bad guys are, and here you don’t know who the bad guys are. Things can go from zero to 100 in a nanosecond,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Jim Davis, commander of the 90-day mission, after he stepped off the hulking rented Antonov 124 Condor that delivered the 190-strong contingent. Full Story

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