Haiti no longer among US imminent danger areasSaturday, January 04, 2014
WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) -- The United States Department of Defence (DOD) says Haiti is no longer among some locations designated as “imminent danger pay (IDP) areas”.
The DOD said that the earthquake-ravaged, French-speaking Caribbean country, along with eight other “land areas” would no longer be designated as an IDP, effective June 1, 2014.
The others are East Timor, Liberia, Oman, Rwanda, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan.
The DOD has also said the Persian Gulf would no longer be a “water area and air space” for IDP purposes and that IDP would remain in effect for Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Jordan, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, and Egypt within the US Central Command area of responsibility.
But the DOD said it kept Guantánamo Bay in Cuba on the IDP list.
“A periodic review and recertification was conducted for Imminent Danger Pay purposes and was made in coordination with the joint staff, combatant commands and military services.
“The combatant commands conducted in-depth threat assessments for countries within their areas of responsibility,” the DOD said in a statement.
Following the review, the DOD said “it was determined that the imminent threat of physical harm to US military personnel due to civil insurrection, civil war, terrorism, or wartime conditions has been significantly reduced in many countries”.