Marines Set to Defend Embassy in Liberia

The U.S. Embassy complex in Liberia’s capital came under fire Monday, and the State Department urged rebels to hold off if they expected to be part of a future government.

A State Department spokesman, Philip T. Reeker, criticized the rebel group Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy for “reckless and indiscriminate shooting” and appealed to neighboring African countries to guard against weaponry going to Liberia. President Bush said he had sent more Marines in to protect the U.S. Embassy, and 4,500 more American sailors and Marines were ordered into positions closer to the west African country. “We recognize the dangers there,” Reeker said when asked if the embassy would remain open. Full Story

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