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Flashback: Liberian Army preparing for their first ever modern-day peacekeeping mission to Mali

Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has admonished soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) to exemplify all the training and discipline they have acquired as they go on peace keeping mission in Mali.

He urged personnel of the AFL to always exhibit the discipline that is required of the army in the discharge of their duties, while helping to keep peace in that sisterly state.

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Liberia’s Defense Minister Brownie samukai addressing his men in arms

VP Boakai made the statement at the departure ceremony of an infantry platoon for Mali to take over from the first batch of platoon troops who served on peacekeeping mission in that country for the past one year.

The departing platoon completed a three-month pre-deployment training which covered medical screening and physical training at the AFL Training Command in Careysburg, Montserrado County.

The training also covered courses in the Geo-politics of Mali, Map Reading/Land Navigation, International Humanitarian Law, Introduction to Patrol, Individual Soldier Task, First Aid, Roadblock, Cordon and Search, Ambush, VIP Escort, Control of IDPs, Urban Operations, Desert Warfare, Battle Drills and Offensive operations, among others.

According toBoakai, the soldiers are representing the country in “a very big way, and government is proud of it”, adding “it’s a new army with a new mentality, new discipline and we are confident that you will represent our country away from here adequately.”

He said Liberia is proud to serve on a peacekeeping mission in Mali because the country has benefited from such goodwill from other countries who worked here during the country’s years of civil unrest.

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Liberian soldiers in action during one of the warm-up exercises for Mali 

Vice President Boakai said the Government is confident that the officers will go to Mali and ably represent Liberia and that every Liberian will pray for them as they go to serve in the name of the country.

The Liberian Vice President then thanked the United States Government for the level of assistance it has rendered Liberia through the army, the Minister of Defense, Brownie Samukai, and the Chief of Staff of the AFL, Daniel Ziankahn, and all commanding officers for preparing the soldiers for this huge national task.

The platoon of 46 men will be deployed in the desert area of Alantona Camp in Diabaly, which is about 340 km northeast of the capital Bamako.

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