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In September 1994 Operation Uphold Democracy (also called Operation Restore Democracy) began in Haiti. The Operation included a peacekeeping force of more than 20,000 military personnel from all five branches of the U. S. armed forces. Their mission was to restore the legitimate government and create a secure environment for the people of Haiti. Over 5,000 non-U.S. forces from 24 nations assisted in this peacekeeping mission. U.S. forces assisted in the return of exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristead after he was ousted by a coup and remained during the transitioning of power to the new democratically elected president Rene Preval.

Operation Uphold Democracy officially ended on 31 March 1995 when it was replaced by the United Nations Mission in Haiti (UNMIH). About 2,400 U.S service men and women remained to operate as a support group under the command of the UNMIH under a new operation called Operation New Horizons. The mission for the support group ended in March 1996.

Dates of Operation

Dates of Operations

Operation Uphold/Restore Democracy

Began: September 10, 1994
Ended: March 31, 1995

Operation New Horizons

Began: March 31, 1995
Ended: March 1996

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