Pentagon says US team going to Haiti to assess needs

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An equipped  Haitian Army unit  guards the entranceway  of the General Directorate of the police, successful  Port-a An equipped Haitian Army unit guards the entranceway of the General Directorate of the constabulary wherever the suspects of the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise are detained, successful Port-au-Prince, Haiti, connected Jul 10, 2021. (Photo: REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo)

12 Jul 2021 03:29AM (Updated: 12 Jul 2021 03:41AM)

WILMINGTON, Delaware: A squad of US security and instrumentality enforcement experts is travelling to Haiti to find what assistance Washington tin supply pursuing the assassination of the Haitian president past week, the Pentagon said connected Sunday.

"Today, an inter-agency squad mostly from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are heading down to Haiti close present to spot what we tin to bash assistance successful the investigative process," Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby told "Fox News Sunday."

"That's truly wherever our energies are champion applied close present - successful helping them get their arms astir investigating this incidental and figuring retired who's culpable ... and however champion to clasp them accountable," Kirby said successful the interview.

President Joe Biden volition beryllium briefed by the squad erstwhile it returns and "then marque decisions astir the mode forward," a elder Biden medication authoritative told Reuters separately.

Haiti has sought US aid successful securing the state and investigating the onslaught that killed President Jovenel Moise connected Wednesday astatine his Port-au-Prince location and plunged the impoverished land federation further into turmoil. Haitian authorities person said two Haitian Americans were among the suspected assassins.

It was not instantly wide however agelong the US team would stay successful Haiti. The medication authoritative said connected Sunday that Washington would besides consult with its determination partners and the United Nations.

The United States has truthful acold rebuffed Haiti's petition for troops, portion the United Nations would request Security Council authorisation to nonstop equipped forces.

Kirby said: "We're analysing it conscionable similar we would immoderate different petition for assistance astatine the Pentagon. It's going done a review." 

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