U.S. forces may become further embroiled in the violence in Haiti. The American general in charge of the U.S. operation in Haiti says the troops will now be allowed to intervene in violence among Haitians in order to protect lives.
The head of the U.S. Southern Command is portraying this as a natural evolution of the U.S. peacekeeping mission in Haiti. General James Hill says the change requires only a clarification of the rules that govern when troops can use force.
Still, this is an expanded mission that could put Americans in the middle of Haitian-against-Haitian violence. It follows Tuesday’s announcement that U.S. forces will join Haitian police in disarming militants.