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UK Beefs up Sierra Leone Force

Three hundred Gurkha troops have been deployed in Sierra Leone to help counter insecurity in neighbouring Liberia, according to the British Defence Ministry. The recent arrival of the Nepali soldiers is the first time the British army has substantially reinforced its positions in Sierra Leone since it began reducing its presence two years ago. “Over the last few weeks there have been elements of rebel activity over the Liberian border which may destabilise the situation, but there was no specific or dramatic development last week itself to trigger the deployment,” an army spokesman said. Rebels in Liberia have recently been making advances against government troops. The Sierra Leone war was declared over in January last year and peaceful elections were held a few months later. There have been reports of thousands of refugees crossing the Liberian border into Sierra Leone to escape the fighting. Full Story

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