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U.S. Winds Down Liberia Mission, Warships Head Off

Deeming its mission has “largely been accomplished,” the Pentagon is moving three warships away from Liberia as the United States winds down its role in the peacekeeping operation, officials said on Monday. Defense officials said the dock-landing ship USS Carter Hall and the amphibious transport dock USS Nashville, together carrying 1,550 Navy sailors and Marines, sailed north away from the coast of the west African nation over the weekend. The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, a helicopter carrier serving as lead vessel in the three-ship Amphibious Ready Group, was slated to sail midweek, perhaps on Wednesday, the officials said. The Iwo Jima is carrying 2,800 sailors and Marines. There are about 100 U.S. troops on the ground in Liberia, most stationed to provide security at the U.S. Embassy in the capital Monrovia and “a handful” working in coordination with Ecomil peacekeepers from West African nations, one official said. Full Story

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