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The Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia, President George Weah disclose here the AFL has increased its troops on peace mission in Mali to 105, noting that the Armed Forces of Liberia continued to play an important role in keeping the peace in Mali.

He said the engineering battalion of the AFL is collaborating with the Ministry of Public Works to rehabilitee roads and bridges across the country, while members of the Liberian Coast Guard have been restructured, trained and equipped to protect the territorial waters of Liberia.

The government is constructing a 43 military hospital for the men and women in arms the first ever in the country, work on the project is has reached advanced stage one year it was announced by C-I-C Weah.

Recently, the Ministry of National Defense in Monrovia announced that it is sending a platoon-size contingent to join the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan. The decision was made in response to a request from the UN Department of Peacekeeping, according to Defense authorities.

However, the AFL is yet to reach its desired strength of 5,000 since restructuring exercise began in 2006 under former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The soldiers are being professionally trained by various mentors, including those from China and the United States of America, and they are professionally capable of handling any assigned tasks, according to Chief of Staff, Major/General Prince C. Johnson, II.

Under terms of the Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement which ended the country’s 14-year civil conflict in 2003, all armed parties to the conflict were disarmed and disbanded. National state security apparatuses including military and paramilitary were restructured as part of a Security Sector Reform (SSR) process supported by both the United Nations Military Mission to Liberia (UNMIL) and the Government of the United States.

-Commander-In-Chief Weah discloses
By Ben Wesee –Editing by Jonathan Browne

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