U.S. Scales Back Military Presence in Haiti

Monday, February 15, 2010

The U.S. is scaling back its military presence in Haiti to 13,000 troops, from 20,000, according to The Associated Press.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the U.S. will be in Haiti for the long haul, and that the troops staying in Haiti will continue to help with the recovery effort. The Haiti aid operation has cost the Pentagon $234 million so far.

"Remember that the capability and the capacity the United States military brought in was for immediate relief," U.S. Southern Command chief General Douglas Fraser told The AP.

As the military prepares to scale back its presence, the U.S. is beginning to turn over daytime air-traffic control at Port-au-Prince's damaged international airport back to the Haitian government, along with security and food distribution logistics.

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