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Group Says Guinea Sold Arms Used on U.S. Embassy in Liberia

The cost of befriending the enemy of one’s enemy has once again become painfully clear for the United States government: Washington’s staunch ally in West Africa, Guinea, supplied mortars to Liberian rebels, who used the gift to shell an American-owned compound in Liberia where thousands had taken refuge during fighting earlier this year, a report to be released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch says. The arms shipment to Liberian rebels violated a United Nations arms embargo on Liberia, where fighting between the government of Charles G. Taylor, then the president, and two rebel factions pummeled the capital, Monrovia, from June to August. The warring parties signed a peace agreement in August, shortly after Mr. Taylor left for exile in Nigeria, and a transitional government, composed of their representatives, took over in October. Full Story

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