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Liberia to deploy troop in Mali

By Jos Garneo Cephas
The AFL are  preparing for  the Malian engagement
The AFL are preparing for the Malian engagement

(lbsonline/Liberia)-Liberian defense authorities have announced that Liberia will now be among West African countries to deploy in Mali.

The Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has  approved of the AFL  representation  to  the  ECOWAS intervention force for Mali.

This approval will mark the AFL second time to go to battle in 50 years.  Liberia's first was in the  Republic Congo, where it kept the peace  professionally  along with the Organization of African Unity (OAU) forces, now  the African Unity (AU) .

The Liberian Military contribution to the ECOWAS’ operation in Mali expressed Liberia’s readiness to give back to the community after she benefited from intervention of soldiers of the ECOWAS’ states.

The new AFL after Liberia’s 14 years of civil conflict can boast of about 2,000 well trained  and combat ready military personnel, some of whom are expected to represent Liberia in the Mali’s operations. The new AFL  got its training from  America, Nigeria, and Ghana.

The regional leaders of West Africa agreed at an extraordinary session of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government Summit held in Abuja, Nigeria,  agreed in late 2012  to deploy about 3,300 soldiers to engage the Islamist extremists in the North of Mali.

More details of the story will follow later.


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