Liberia The Marines to the Rescue

President Bush orders Leathernecks into Monrovia to bring out Americans endangered by an increasingly bloody civil war

As Washington pondered its eventual response to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, the U.S. was suddenly forced to make a move in another long-festering global trouble spot. Last Saturday night George Bush ordered U.S. Marines into the civil war-torn African nation of Liberia. Their job: to evacuate any of the 370 Americans residing there who wanted to get out. On Sunday a force of 225 Leathernecks from four U.S. warships off the Liberian coast landed by helicopter in the capital of Monrovia and quickly began rounding up U.S. citizens, many of whom had gathered at the American embassy and communications centers...

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