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Darranar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 04:57 PM
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Battle for Liberia's Capital Rages
Gunmen spread out on rooftops Sunday as government and rebel fighters in shorts and flip-flops traded grenade and machine-gunfire in an all-out battle for Liberia's war-ruined capital.

With promised peacekeepers yet to arrive, warlord-turned-President Charles Taylor has vowed to fight to the last man in Monrovia his only remaining stronghold in the country founded more than 150 years ago by freed American slaves.

Taylor has pledged to resign and accept an offer of asylum in Nigeria but only after peacekeepers arrive to ensure an orderly transition. Meantime, President Bush is considering sending U.S. troops, although he has set Taylor's departure as a condition.
Since Liberia doesn't have oil, that reduces the chance of any more than 50 or so US troops sent there.

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