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U.S. mission in Liberia to end by Oct. 1 Bush sets limits; peace deal signed

U.S. troops will be out of Liberia by Oct. 1, President Bush said in an interview released Monday. The news came as Liberia’s government and rebels said they had signed an accord to end a three-year insurgency that led to the resignation of President Charles Taylor. Liberia’s combatants have broken all previous peace deals in 14 years of almost constant fighting in the West African country. Regardless, Bush said United Nations forces will replace 200 U.S. troops deployed in the Liberian capital of Monrovia. A small group of Navy SEALS surprised Monrovia residents Monday. They waded ashore, apparently to inspect the capital’s main beach should it be needed for an amphibious landing by additional Marines. The U.S. contingent, including 150 members of a rapid-reaction force, was sent to support more than 1,000 Nigerian-led peacekeepers. ”I said . . . we will have a limited mission, of limited duration and limited scope,” Bush told Armed Forces Radio and Television on Thursday. ”We’ll be out of there by Oct. 1.” Full Story

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