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Liberian Rebels Block U.N. Deployment

Liberia’s biggest rebel faction on Thursday stopped U.N. troops deploying into their territory outside the capital, Monrovia — the latest setback in a checkered disarmament process. More than 7,000 United Nations soldiers are deployed in the battered West African nation as part of a peace deal meant to end nearly 14 years of civil war, but early attempts to wrest guns from the fighters have been fraught with difficulties. Angry members of the rebel Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) said they had not been informed of the advance into their zone by Pakistani troops. They pledged to block any further attempts. The rebels stopped a dozen U.N. trucks and armored personnel carriers from heading across the Po River bridge, 20 km (13 miles) from Monrovia on the road to the LURD stronghold of Tubmanburg. Full Story

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