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Iranian Commander Blasts US Forces for Blocking Relief Efforts in Haiti

Fars News Agency

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian commander on Monday blasted the US forces in Haiti for hobbling rescue and relief efforts in the quake-hit Central American country.

“The presence of American forces prevents coordinated, speedy and efficient aid delivery and betterment of the situation of the victims and survivors (in Haiti),” Iranian Armed Forces Deputy Chief of Staff for Cultural and Defense Publicity Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri said.

He also reiterated that the world was astonished to see the deployment of thousands of US commandos and military personnel in Haiti under the pretext of aid and assistance to the quake-hit people.

The world community considers the move by the US as a big lie and a modern cover for deceiving the public opinion and diverting public attention from the covert strategy of the White House in this regard, Jazayeri added.

He underlined that the rescue and relief operations in a quake-hit country and the need for the employment of certain military capabilities do not require deployment of military forces and dispatch of special units and commandos who have already been involved in the military occupation of Panama and Guatemala.

For a week after the devastating earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale in Haiti, cargo handlers and loaders and flight crews of the US had been struggling to get the 3,200 paratroopers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division into the country.

As of midday Thursday, the job was about two-thirds complete, with 2,177 US soldiers and 2,000 tons of military cargo airlifted into Haiti.

In addition to the 82nd Airborne paratroopers, 1,700 US Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked aboard three warships. Also the Pentagon has ordered the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit diverted from deployment to Afghanistan to join the forces in Haiti.

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