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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

2,000 U.S. Marines Head for Haiti

ASHINGTON -- A U.S. Navy amphibious assault group of four ships will sail for Haiti on Wednesday, a senior defense official said Tuesday. The deployment will add some 2,000 Marines to help in any evacuation of U.S. citizens or officials. This brings to 13 the number of U.S. warships off the coast of Haiti. The movement comes as the U.S. administration tightens economic sanctions against Haiti to force out the military leaders who ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in September 1991. President Bill Clinton has not ruled out a military invasion to restore Aristide to power.