May 9, 1999 |
Triumphant rebel forces skirmished with a small number of troops loyal to the deposed president, but they remained firmly in control of the West African country, Portuguese officials said in Lisbon. Leaders of the renegade military faction promised that planned elections would proceed and weighed whether to allow ousted President Joao Bernardo Vieira to go into exile.
February 4, 1999 |
Warring sides in Guinea-Bissau signed a cease-fire agreement after four days of battles in Bissau, the capital, a Portuguese news agency reported. Details of the deal signed by President Joao Bernardo Vieira and rebel leader Ansumane Mane were not immediately known. Diplomatic sources in the region said they expected West African peacekeepers, including about 300 troops from Benin and Niger waiting on a French navy ship off Bissau, to go in immediately.
June 21, 1998 |
Senegalese troops bombarded the town of Ingore in the northern part of this African nation, and relief workers said as many as 100 people may have been killed, Portugal's Antenna One radio said. The Dakar government has sent forces to back the elected government of President Joao Bernardo Vieira as it battles a military revolt. Government troops, backed by soldiers from neighboring Senegal and Guinea, were trying to drive the rebels out of their remaining bastions.
June 16, 1998 |
Heavy shellfire rocked the capital, Bissau, after a brief lull as government forces and their Senegalese and Guinean allies fought to flush rebels out of their strongholds in the city. But the task was proving difficult, with insurgents still controlling parts of the sprawling Bra military garrison and access to the airport and with loyalist forces having to pick their way forward through rebel minefields.
June 15, 1998 |
Fighting between rebel soldiers and government troops in Guinea-Bissau intensified Sunday, with the empty U.S. Embassy reportedly hit and the insurgents denying government claims that they had been crushed. The Senegalese army, fighting in support of Guinea-Bissau's president, insisted that it had wrested control of a key military compound in the capital, Bissau, from rebellious troops.
June 14, 1998 |
Troops from Senegal and Guinea helped drive rebels from their barracks stronghold in neighboring Guinea-Bissau's capital on Saturday, but fighting continued elsewhere in the city, the Senegalese army said. An army statement said 60 rebels had been killed in the assault on the Bra Barracks in the north of Bissau, the capital, and an unspecified number wounded. One Senegalese soldier was killed and several were wounded, it added.