Saturday, January 16th, 2010
The US relief mission in Haiti remains focused on saving lives but American troops could be called on to help keep order if security deteriorates, officials said.
With more than 5,000 US ground troops bound for Haiti this week as part of a major relief effort after Tuesday’s devastating earthquake, US and international officials were watching closely for signs of potential rioting or unrest.
“At this time we’re not seeing any security concerns,” a defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.
“The focus of the US troops on the ground will be providing humanitarian assistance and relieving the suffering of the Haitian people.”
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