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Nigeria Readies Peace Force for Liberia; Battles Go On

With Liberians in their besieged capital running out of food and water, and rebel forces breaching key defensive lines, a regional West African group announced today in Senegal that it could send as many as 1,300 Nigerian peacekeeping troops to Liberia within two weeks. The decision, which came after intense lobbying by the United Nations secretary general, Kofi Annan, means a 774-member battalion will be poised to move to the capital, Monrovia, from peacekeeping duties in Sierra Leone as early as next week, if logistical and financial hurdles can be overcome. Nigeria has also offered a second battalion, of 650 men. Full Story

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