By C. Winnie Saywah-Jimmy
The third rotation of the Armed Forces of Liberia’s (AFL) troop of peacekeepers has departed the country for Bamako, Mali.
The soldiers comprised of 46 infantry guards left via the Roberts International Airport (RIA) yesterday with motivation from the Deputy Minister for Administration of the Ministry of National Defense to act like soldiers as they have always done.
Deputy Minister, Joseph Johnson ordered the Liberian peacekeepers to “go and get the job done” using the trainings obtained from home as needed in those strange terrains and on behalf of the Ministry of National Defense, he bade the troop farewell.
Giving the mission’s history at a brief farewell ceremony, the AFL 23rd Infantry Brigade Commander Prince Johnson reiterated that it was government’s decision to pledge a platoon size to support the peacekeeping mission in Mali.
Col. Johnson said in November of 2012, the United Nations signed a resolution 2085 that its integration multi-dimensional information and stabilization force will take over from AFISMA.
He explained that an AFL robust platoon was deployed alongside the the 33rd Nigerian battalion on the mission in 2013 and assumed the responsibility for 750 kilometers northwest of Bamako.
He said it was then that ECOWAS requested defensive side to lead a team to restore the territorial integrity of Mali.
The third batch of AFL troop is commanded by Capt. Stephen Powo and assisted by 1st Sergeant James B. Gant who were already ahead to receive the men.
The 2nd batch has already arrived from Mali and an indoor program will begin soon. Details will follow later.