US official: No plans to send troops to Haiti after government request

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US official: No plans to send troops to Haiti after government request
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US official: No plans to send troops to Haiti after government request
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The U.S. will not be sending troops to Haiti, according to a senior administration official, after the Caribbean nation’s government requested help to stabilize the country and secure critical infrastructure like oil reserves and its port and airport in the wake of the assassination of its president earlier this week.

The deployment of U.S. forces would have marked a major escalation of U.S. involvement.

“There are currently no plans to send U.S. military assistance to Haiti,” the official said.

The pledge for FBI and DHS assistance comes after two U.S. citizens were among the 17 men arrested by Haitian authorities for the head of state’s shocking murder, which threatens to plunge Haiti further into chaos amid competing claims to power.

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