Feb 27

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Three warships with 2,000 Marines are ready to sail to Haiti, where armed rebels are seeking President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's ouster, as the Pentagon considers its options for dealing with the crisis.

Opposition leaders in Haiti, who have been trying to pressure President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to resign, said Tuesday that they rejected a U.S.-backed peace proposal because it does not require the embattled president to step down.

Fifty U.S. Marines left for Haiti on Monday to protect the American Embassy and diplomats as armed rebels overran the country's second-largest city, Cap-Haitien, and threatened to attack the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Haitian police this week were able to reclaim two of 11 towns taken over by armed rebels in protests that have been broiling over the past five days aimed at ousting President Jean-Bertrand Aristide from office.

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