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Sending U.S. troops to Haiti following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse is "not on the agenda at this moment" but Marines will be sent to bolster security at the U.S. Embassy in the country, President Biden said at a news conference Thursday.

Why it matters: Haitian authorities requested the Biden administration to send soldiers to help stabilize the country after Moïse was killed by a group of armed men who entered his home last week.

What they're saying: "We’re only sending American Marines to our embassy," Biden said. "The idea of sending American forces to Haiti is not on the agenda."

The big picture: Haiti has been on edge since Moïse's killing, and some Haitian officials fear that the country's police force will be unable to maintain order, according to AP.

  • Several suspects have so far been arrested in the investigation into the assassination, including Dimitri Hérard, the chief of security at Haiti's presidential palace.

Editor's note: This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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Jul 15, 2021 - World

Haitian president's security chief in police custody amid assassination probe

President Jovenel Moïse, who was assassinated on July 7. Photo: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Concordia Summit

Dimitri Hérard, the chief of security at Haiti's presidential palace, was taken into police custody Thursday as law enforcement continues to investigate President Jovenel Moïse's assassination, a spokesperson for Haiti’s National Police confirmed to the New York Times.

Driving the news: Moïse was killed by a group of armed men who entered his home last week. Members of the presidential guard, as well as bodyguards, have been called in for questioning, per the Times.

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Biden: U.S. combat mission in Iraq will end this year

Biden returning to the White House on July 25. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

The United States' combat mission against the Islamic State in Iraq will be completed "by the end of the year," President Biden said Monday prior to a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

Why it matters: Biden is close to shifting the U.S. military mission in Iraq to a fully advisory role more than 18 years after combat troops were sent to the country under the former President George W. Bush.

How extreme weather feeds inflation

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

This summer's extreme weather is having ripple effects that could raise food prices in the U.S. and disrupt diets around the world.

Why it matters: Climate scientists and food supply experts, like those at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, have long warned about the impact of human-caused global warming on prices, food shortages and hunger.

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