A squad-sized detachment of extra Marine security guards has arrived at the U.S. embassy in Haiti as the impoverished Caribbean nation is racked by riots over high fuel prices, a U.S. official confirmed.
CNN first reported on Tuesday that the Marines were en route to Port-au-Prince to reinforce security guards and State Department personnel already at the U.S. embassy.
The detachment comes from the Marine Security Guard Augmentation Unit in Quantico, Virginia, which can be called upon by any ambassador when a diplomatic post overseas comes under threat, a U.S. official told Task & Purpose.
Defense officials deferred comment on the Marines to the State Department on Tuesday.
Haitian street demonstrations and violence spiked on July 6 after the government tried to raise the price of gasoline by 38% and kerosene by 51% to balance its budget, according to media reports. Although the Haitian prime minister suspended the price increases the following day, unrest has continued.
At least four people have been killed in the rioting and armed groups have established roadblocks in parts of the country, according to Voice of America.
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's ambassador to Britain warned against escalating tensions on Sunday as a UK official declined to rule out sanctions in response to Tehran's seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker.
Britain has called Iran's capture of the Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday a "hostile act".
(U.S. Geological Survey Astrogeology Science Center via Associated Press)
Step through the Cinder Lake Crater Field roughly 12 miles outside Flagstaff, Ariz., and you might encounter a white crystal-filled rock that has absolutely no business being there.
The chunks of anorthosite weren't deposited there by nature — they were trucked in from the mountains around Pasadena, Calif. And the craters were carved not by meteors, but by fertilizer and dynamite.
Before the first man landed on the moon, NASA dispatched the Apollo astronauts to this volcanic field to search for these and other faux moon rocks.
A soldier who died in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, from a non-combat related incident on July 18 was identified by the Pentagon as Sgt. William Friese, a West Virginia Army National Guard soldier assigned to the 821st Engineer Company, 1092nd Engineer Battalion, 111th Engineer Brigade.