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Liberia begins training post-war army

Liberia on Monday began training the first soldiers of a post-war army that officials hope will grow into a small but effective force to take over peacekeeping from U.N. troops in the war-ravaged West African nation. Liberia’s former army, which stood 14,000-strong in a country of less than 3 million people, became heavily factionalized during the country’s 1989-2003 war with soldiers fighting for the various armed groups. The army disintegrated after Charles Taylor, who launched Liberia’s civil war with his rebel invasion, fled the country for exile in Nigeria in 2003. Full Story

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