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Defense

The defense of Liberia (2008) amounts to 2,400 men organized in three battalions. The defense equipment was largely destroyed during the civil war. In 1995, a peace agreement was signed. Compare Liberia (State and Politics). To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that LBR stands for Liberia.

Defense costs increased in 1985-96 from 2.4% to 3.3% of GDP (data from recent years are not available). There are three major opposition armed factions in Liberia. Two of them oppose President Charles Taylor's resignation, either LURD (Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy) with 3,000–8,000 men, and MODEL (Movement for Democracy In Liberia) with 1,000–5,000 men (though in liquidation). An armed faction is for Taylor, GOL with 15,000 men.

The Economic Cooperation Organization of the West African States ECOWAS initiated a peacekeeping operation comprising about 12,000 men from ten nations, including 9,000 men from Nigeria. This has now been replaced by a UN force (UNMIL) with observers from 48 nations (including Sweden). Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, China, Mongolia, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Senegal.

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