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Liberian Army Counter-Attacks

Government forces in Liberia say they have launched a counter-attack after the country’s second city was taken by rebels. Defence Minister Daniel Chea told the BBC that there was street fighting in Buchanan as the army tried to prevent the rebels from bringing in supplies. The sea port of Buchanan fell to the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (Model) – Liberia’s second largest rebel force – on Monday. The loss of Buchanan means the government no longer has access to a sea port, although it does still control the main international airport. Other rebel groups control the port in the capital, Monrovia. As the fighting continues on different fronts, West African officials say it is unlikely that there can be an imminent deployment of regional peacekeeping troops. Officials from the regional body, Ecowas, said the fighting was preventing even the despatch of a reconnaissance mission. Some 1,300 Nigerian troops are on standby to be transferred to Liberia. Full Story

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