US Troops Begin Mass Withdrawal from Haiti

    After almost two months in the quake-hit country, U.S. military troops are beginning to withdraw in bulk from Port-au-Prince, the Associated Press reports. The departure of the troops is raising concern among Haitians and aid groups, primarily about whether U.N. peacekeepers and the local police have enough muscle to maintain order in the country as it continues to reel from the effects of the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake.

    Several Haitians also fear that the departure of U.S. soldiers, who were among the first responders on the scene, signals dwindling international interest in Haiti’s situation. U.S. officials dismissed the concerns and explained that the withdrawal of troops is only a change in operations.

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