June 10, 2003 - The Courier News: US troops sent to Mauritania to evacuate US Nationals if necessary

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US troops sent to Mauritania to evacuate US Nationals if necessary





Caption: Aborted coup : A woman passes the burnt out remains of a tank that had been part of the abortive coup in Nouakchott, Mauritania.

Read and comment on this story from The Courier News that the United States has sent 69 troops and an unspecified number of aircraft to boost embassy security in Mauritania where a coup attempt had just taken place and prepare for a possible evacuation of US nationals. There are about 200-300 US nationals in Mauritania, including about 71 Peace Corps volunteers. Read the story at:

US troops to Mauritania, Liberia*

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US troops to Mauritania, Liberia

10jun03

THE United States has sent 69 troops and an unspecified number of aircraft to boost embassy security in Mauritania and Liberia and prepare for a possible evacuation of US nationals, President George W Bush said.

In a letter to congressional leaders, Bush said 35 US military personnel were in Liberia, where rebel forces opposed to the government of President Charles Taylor were in the vicinity of the US Embassy in Monrovia.

In addition, an evacuation force of 34 US troops were on the way to Nouakchott, Mauritania, where a coup attempt had just taken place. The troops were expected to arrive tomorrow.

Several aircraft had been ordered to Dakar to aid in any evacuation in either country.

"Although in both cases the US forces are equipped for combat, these movements were undertaken solely for the purpose of protecting American citizens and property," Bush said in the letter.

"United States forces will redeploy as soon as it is determined that the threats to the embassy compounds have ended or an evacuation, if necessary, is completed."

Meanwhile, the State Department warned its nationals to review travel plans to Mauritania due to political instability there.

"The Department of State alerts US citizens to the fluid and uncertain security situation in Mauritania following an attack against the government," a department spokesman said.

About 200-300 US nationals are in Mauritania, including about 71 Peace Corps volunteers.

Earlier, the department had urged US citizens to leave Liberia immediately.

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