The U.S. Marine Corps deployed its Safety Augmentation Unit (MSAU) twice up to now 30 days to assist defend embassies in Africa and the Caribbean.
A crew was despatched to Haiti on July 16 in wake of the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, Fox News reported. This mission was stated to be ‘out of an abundance of warning’.
Moïse was gunned down in his house in Port-au-Prince earlier than daybreak on July 7, setting off a brand new political disaster within the Caribbean nation that has struggled with poverty, lawlessness and instability.
The deployment got here simply weeks after 13 Marines have been positioned in Eswatini, positioned within the southwestern portion of Africa, following an outbreak of civil unrest.
MSAU Marines have been despatched to Haiti on July 16 in wake of the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, which has prompted violent protests (as seen on this photograph from July 26) nationwide
One other crew was deployed to the U.S. Embassy in Eswatini on June 30 following civil unrest within the nation. The Marine Corps shared a photograph on Twitter (above) saying the transfer
President Joe Biden stated the deployment was not a transfer to assist the interim Haitian authorities: ‘We’re solely sending American Marines to our embassy’ (Photograph taken on July 23 exterior Moïse’s funeral)
The interim Haitian authorities requested members of the United Nations, together with the U.S., to deploy troops to assist defend the nation’s infrastructure following the assassination.
In keeping with the Marine Corps Times, President Joe Biden was ‘not open to the request’.
‘We’re solely sending American Marines to our embassy,’ Biden stated. ‘The thought of sending American forces to Haiti is just not on the agenda.’
Protests by offended Moïse supporters have turned violent within the slain chief’s hometown of Cap-Haitien. Gunshots rang out whereas demonstrators blocked roads, demanded justice and threatened to disrupt his funeral.
Haitian police stated Friday that a complete of 27 individuals, together with 4 officers, have been arrested in Moïse’s killing. Others are nonetheless being sought in reference to assault.
One other 9 officers have been being held in isolation for questioning, apparently amongst a complete of 44 individuals held to find out what duty they might have had within the killing or to find out in the event that they have been negligent of their duties.
Police say eighteen of these formally arrested are former Colombian troopers. Police are nonetheless searching for numerous suspects, together with a former insurgent chief and an ex-Haitian senator.
Officers say it stays unclear who organized and financed the assassination.
Biden has said he doesn’t anticipate a broader deployment of American troops to Haiti.
Protests by offended Moïse supporters have turned violent within the slain chief’s hometown of Cap-Haitien, as proven above
Demonstrators have blocked roads, demanded justice and threatened to disrupt the slain president’s funeral (Photograph taken as police prevented protesters from attending Moïse’s funeral exterior his household house)
Haitian police stated a complete of 27 individuals, together with 4 officers, have been arrested in Moïse’s killing. Others are nonetheless being sought in reference to assault (Photograph of July 22 protest)
MSAU deployment to Haiti got here simply 17 days after a crew was despatched to Eswatini, Africa’s final absolute monarchy, following an outbreak of violent demonstrations within the kingdom final month.
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets to publicly denounce the monarch’s chief, King Mswati III, who allegedly lives in luxurious whereas his residents starve.
Civil society and opposition teams led demonstrations within the nation’s capital cities of Manzini and Mbabane, looting outlets and ransacking properties, a few of which belonged to the king.
Not less than 27 individuals died as police clashed with protesters in a number of the worst unrest within the nation’s historical past.
Activists stated police opened hearth on a crowd Manzini, injuring no less than two individuals and arresting 15 others.
King Mswati III appointed a brand new prime minister simply over every week in the past, reportedly ignoring requires democratic reforms.
The MSAU was despatched to guard the embassy (pictured) after 1000’s of protesters took to the streets to publicly denounce Eswatini’s chief, King Mswati III, who allegedly lives in luxurious whereas his residents starve
A MSAU crew was despatched to Eswatini, Africa’s final absolute monarchy, after violent demonstrations broke out within the kingdom final month (Photograph of demonstration within the capital metropolis of Manzini on June 30)
Civil society and opposition teams led demonstrations within the nation’s capital cities of Manzini and Mbabane, looting outlets and ransacking properties (proven above), a few of which belonged to King Mswati III
Not less than 27 individuals died as police clashed with protesters in a number of the worst unrest within the nation’s historical past
The MSAU, a fast response drive comprised of 145 Marines, was based in 2013. The 2 most up-to-date deployments mark the drive’s 106th and 107th missions.
In keeping with the Marine Corps, the MSAU is in ‘a excessive state of readiness and may quickly reply when known as upon’.
The crew’s major mission is to offer specifically skilled augmentation safety forces to designated U.S. diplomatic and consular amenities abroad.
MSAU Marines are skilled in medical, shut quarters battle, marksmanship, in addition to safety evaluation and augmentation to present safety at numerous diplomatic amenities.
‘Marines assigned to responsibility at MSAU are screened by Marine Corps Embassy Safety Group Headquarters for efficiency, determination making, and management and tactical abilities,’ Capt. Andrew Wooden, a Marine spokesman, informed Fox Information. ‘As soon as assigned to the unit, the MSAU workers assess every Marine’s skill and supply superior coaching in MSG and Diplomatic Safety abilities.’
The MSAU was based after the 2012 assault on Benghazi, a metropolis in Libya, left a U.S. Ambassador and three different People lifeless.
New corps members endure coaching on the Marine Safety Guard Faculty in Quantico for six weeks after which serve at an abroad put up earlier than they are often really useful by a area commander to affix the MSAU.