25 February 2013

Liberia: 200 AFL Soldiers for Mali - Embark On Deployment Training

Since the statement issued by the Government of Liberia through the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for men and women of the Armed Forces to take up their first peacekeeping mission in war torn Mali, the actual day for the departure of AFL soldiers is yet to be made known by the Government.

Though the Liberian Government is yet to disclose the departure date of the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia(AFL), to Mali in order to bring lasting peace, there are creditable information from authority at the Ministry of National Defense that soldiers already selected for the peace mission have embarked on what has been considered as 'deployment training.'

In a telephone interview with the Assistant Minister for Public Affairs at the Ministry of National Defense David Dahn said the number of AFL soldiers targeted for the Mali peacekeeping mission is around 200.

He said the soldiers are currently carrying on the deployment training at the Sande Ware Military Camp and they (Soldiers) have been trained by soldiers of the military of the United States Government.

Minister Dahn said though the Government of Liberia set aside 200 soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) for the Mali peacekeeping mission, he added that about 44 enlisted personnel of AFL are expected to leave for Mali and they will spend three months.

He said after said months, the 44 enlisted men and women of the AFL will be replaced by another group of soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), for another three months.

Minister Dahn who could not disclose the actual day for the departure of AFL peacekeepers, said the platoon (44 Soldiers) are expected to form part of a battalion of Nigerian Armed Forces which also form part of ECOWAS troops for peace mission for Mali.

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