Trial and Error

SCHALK VAN ZUYDAM / AP

Taylor leaving for exile in 2003

Former Liberian leader Charles Taylor was sent into exile nearly two years ago after eight years of leading a brutal insurgency and another six years of bloody rule — but he has apparently rejected the idea of a quiet retirement. Officials at the U.N.-backed Sierra Leone war-crimes tribunal told the Security Council in New York City last week that Taylor is now working closely with representatives of al-Qaeda to try to destabilize the region.

"Al-Qaeda has been in West Africa. It continues to be in West Africa, and Charles Taylor has been harboring members of al-Qaeda," tribunal prosecutor...