Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Chile General Takes Command of Haiti UN Forces
With the current leader of the UN peacekeeping force missing after Tuesday's earthquake, Chilean army Gen. Ricardo Toro has assumed command of the 9,000-strong force. The job is doubly tough for Toro, whose wife is among the missing. Chile has about 500 troops in Haiti. Their deployment since 2004 has been fairly uneventful until this week. No Chileans were hurt in the quake, although several from other nations died. Chile's air force is dispatching a Hercules C-130 and a Boeing 767 with humanitarian aid, while a navy landing ship is sailing to the disaster area. UPDATE: Chilean firefighters on Jan. 22 found the body of María Teresa Dowling, the wife of army Gen. Ricardo Toro, in the ruins of a hotel that collapsed in the Haiti earthquake. Gen. Toro spent only a couple of days in control of UN forces before being relieved to focus on the search for his wife.