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Vol 44 No 22

Published 7th November 2003


Liberia

Taylor's shadow

There is a new government but no real peace and far too few peacekeepers

Renewed fighting in Liberia's north-east Nimba County rings alarm bells across the region. Fingers are pointing at ousted President Charles Ghankay Taylor, now exiled in south-eastern Nigeria, who in 1989 launched seven years of civil war by bringing a guerrilla band into Nimba across the border from Côte d'Ivoire. Rebuilding a base there would allow Taylor to launch attacks into both Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire, whose sponsorship of new Liberian rebels critically weakened his regime.

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