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Haitian President Jovenel Moïse assassinated in his home
Prime Minister Claude Joseph said the security situation in the country is now "under the control" of Haiti's police and military.
by Cat on Wed Jul 7th, 2021 at 02:09:20 PM EST
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The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince posted a security alert early Wednesday morning, not mentioning the assassination per se, but citing a "an ongoing security situation" in the country and saying the embassy would restrict some staff to embassy compounds and close the embassy for all services. The alert also warned people to "avoid unnecessary travel" in Haiti for the time being.
by Cat on Wed Jul 7th, 2021 at 02:10:35 PM EST
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Miamisplainin
The assailants claimed to be agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, according to videos taken by people in the area of the president's home. Moïse, 53, lives in Pelerin 5, a neighborhood just above the hills in the capital.

On the videos, someone with an American accent is heard yelling in English over a megaphone, "DEA operation. Everybody stand down. DEA operation. Everybody back up, stand down."

by Cat on Wed Jul 7th, 2021 at 02:13:08 PM EST
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According to Prime Minister Claude Joseph, the assailants "were speaking English and Spanish". They may have fled by sea or via the land border into Dominican republic.
by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Jul 7th, 2021 at 06:05:36 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 01:22:10 PM EST
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White House 'Has No Plans' to Send Troops to Haiti, Possibly 'Confused' by Port-au-Prince's Request, according to Reuters, NY Yella Cake, The Hill, and Sources®
Another source said "confusion" may stem from the fact that the French word for "troops" can also refer to police.
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Investigation Assistance
On Friday, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki announced that senior FBI and Department of Homeland Security officials would be deployed to Port-au-Prince "as soon as possible to assess the situation and how we may be able to assist." Also on Friday, after it emerged that two US nationals were among the suspects in the assassination, State Department spokesman [Juan Guaidó] said the US was "closely monitoring" the situation but could not comment on specifics "due to the privacy considerations."
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19 suspects - 17 Colombian nationals and two American citizens of Haitian descent - have been arrested in the wake of Moise's 7 July killing. Police believe some 28 foreign mercenaries in total were involved in the assassination plot. The two arrested Americans have said that they were working as translators on behalf of a mysterious mastermind identified only as "Mike."
by Cat on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 01:33:24 AM EST
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Widow of assassinated Haitian president calls on nation not to 'lose its way' - France24
 The widow of slain Haitian leader Jovenel Moise, who was critically wounded in the attack that claimed his life, on Saturday issued her first public remarks since the assault, calling on the nation not to "lose its way."

Martine Moise's comments came three days after she was airlifted to a Miami hospital for treatment of grave wounds suffered early Wednesday when gunmen stormed the family home in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince.

They also come as the impoverished Caribbean nation reels from the slaying of its leader, with no clear succession plan on the horizon.
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According to Haitian authorities, a hit squad of 28 men - 26 Colombians, many of them retired soldiers, and two Haitian-Americans-- burst in and opened fire on the couple in their home.

So far, 17 have been arrested, and at least three were killed. A handful remain at large, police say.

But no motive has been made public, and questions are swirling about who might have masterminded the audacious assassination.


by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 09:09:30 AM EST
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Further adding to the mystery, the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo claimed a source had told it that security footage from the presidential compound showed the Colombian operatives arriving there at between 2.30 and 2.40am on Wednesday. "That means they arrived one and a half hours after the crime against the president," the source was quoted as saying.

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But Colombian guns-for-hire have been turning up in war zones around the world, including Yemen, Iraq, Israel and Afghanistan, for years. Many were once trained by US soldiers and, having spent years battling insurgent groups or drug traffickers within Colombia, go on to find work with US-based private military contractors.

[Source: The Guardian]

In the meantime there are two Haitians with the claim of title to be the acting Prime Minister. Oh wait ... Antony Blinken already made his pick ...

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Claude Joseph had spoken with the "interim prime minister" of Haiti.

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A range of well trained Colombian mercenaries - made in USA - Have Gun, Will Travel.

Colombia: Private Firms Take on U.S. Military Role in Drug War

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 10:33:26 AM EST
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Coup Attempt in Venezuela - 2020

Venezuela: Former American special forces soldiers jailed over failed coup | BBC News |

... he was hired to train Venezuelans in Colombia before returning to Caracas and taking control of an airport to allow Mr Maduro to be taken out of the country.

Denman said he and Berry were contracted by a Florida-based security company, Silvercorp USA, to carry out the operation. The firm is headed by Jordan Goudreau, an American military veteran who has openly admitted involvement in the operation.
The Washington Post has published a document which it says is a contract between Silvercorp and the Venezuelan opposition worth $213m (£170m) to invade Venezuela and overthrow President Maduro.

Opposition leader Juan Guaidó denied having anything to do with Mr Goudreau.



'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 12:26:56 PM EST
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Filling the Presidential Void

A group of Haiti senators have backed an agreement that sees Lambert succeed the assassinated Jovenel Moise, with Ariel Henry named as new prime minister. Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph has ignored the move.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 02:40:29 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 11:33:11 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Jul 12th, 2021 at 02:12:21 PM EST
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Haiti interim prime minister Claude Joseph set to step down this week - challenger Ariel Henry | Reuters |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 19th, 2021 at 05:36:43 PM EST
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Haiti presidential security chief arrested over assassination
US House of Representatives agitate for commission to study origin of the coup attempt.
by Cat on Tue Jul 27th, 2021 at 03:07:44 PM EST
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