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U.S. Boosts Embassy Security in Mauritania, Liberia

Small groups of U.S. armed forces have been sent to Mauritania and Liberia to bolster security at U.S. embassies in the troubled African states and to help evacuate U.S. citizens if necessary, the White House said on Monday. An estimated 34 U.S. troops were due to arrive in Nouakchott, Mauritania on Tuesday and about 35 U.S. military personnel arrived in the Liberian capital of Monrovia on Monday, President Bush said in a letter formally notifying Congress of the deployments. “Their mission is to augment the embassy security forces and to aid in the evacuation of American citizens if required,” Bush said. In addition, the White House said the United States had positioned several aircraft and crew in Dakar, Senegal, to shorten the response time should an evacuation from either Liberia or Mauritania be required. Full Story

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