December 6, 1992 |
A U.S. military plane flew into Monrovia, Liberia's besieged capital, and collected three bodies believed to be those of American nuns who were killed Oct. 23 after guerrilla fighters loyal to rebel leader Charles Taylor overran the area outside their convent in suburban Gardnersville. The flight was headed for the United States, but its exact destination was not known. Continued fighting in the Barnersville area, where two other nuns from the convent were reported killed Oct.
September 12, 1990 |
Surviving soldiers of slain Liberian President Samuel K. Doe bombarded rebels with cannons from the roof of the executive mansion in Monrovia. Two days after the coup led by Prince Johnson, one of two rival rebel leaders, shells exploded and gunfire crackled as rebel fighters scoured the city to flush out the holdouts, estimated to number about 230.
September 1, 1990 |
Liberian rebels have killed 200 foreign civilians from the five nations that make up a West African task force in Liberia, the Ghana News Agency said Friday. The killings were in retaliation for the force's presence there, the agency said. A Ghana News Agency correspondent with the West African force said that rebels loyal to Charles Taylor began attacking the civilians shortly after the peace force arrived in Monrovia last Saturday to try to end the eight-month-old civil war.
July 6, 1990 |
Troops looted shops Thursday as rebels tightened their stranglehold on the Liberian capital and President Samuel K. Doe clung desperately to power. Soldiers shot their way into shops, warehouses and restaurants and emptied the shelves in the early hours after the armed forces chief, Lt. Gen. Charles Julu, fled the country--the latest of Doe's advisers to desert him.
July 5, 1990 |
Beleaguered Liberian leader Samuel K. Doe met the U.S. ambassador in Monrovia on Wednesday, but Washington said he turned down an offer of help in escaping the rebels who have cut off his capital. Government soldiers and witnesses in Monrovia, meanwhile, said rebels loyal to former Doe associate Charles Taylor were advancing in the capital's eastern suburbs, which echoed with the sounds of artillery and gunfire. Firing could also be heard on the western outskirts of the city.
May 24, 1990 |
President Samuel K. Doe's government acknowledged Wednesday that rebels have captured Liberia's main port but said it will send forces to retake the city. Acting Information Minister Moses Washington told a news conference that soldiers will make "gradual moves to recapture" the Atlantic port of Buchanan to minimize casualties. Rebels of the National Patriotic Front led by Charles Taylor, a former Doe aide, invaded Liberia from its northeastern border with Ivory Coast on Dec. 24.