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Summary.     Click for More > Bush orders troops to positions off Liberia Liberians die in church mortar hit Rebels capture port city of Buchanan  The port had been taken by the MDL. The government forces were massing outside the city Leaders debate Liberia force Peace force arrives  The first wave of West African peacekeepers has arrived to end fighting between rebel troops and government forces Taylor quits under pressure  President has stepped down as demanded by the US and West African leaders -- 14 years after leading a rebellion Rebels hand over port. US troops arrived Rebels to take role in interim government Liberia, rebels sign peace deal  Government and rebel leaders signed a peace accord to end the 3-year civil war that brought down President Taylor Liberia clashes mar U.N. takeover UN begins peace task Leader Sworn In, Calls for Fresh Start US 'offers Charles Taylor bounty' Charles Taylor wanted by Interpol
Arrest warrant for President Taylor Rebels push into capital Liberian foes sign ceasefire U.S. 'actively considering' role in Liberia Taylor agrees to leave Rebels shell diplomatic neighborhood Battle rages: '50 dead' Liberians dump bodies at U.S. Embassy '600 die' as battle rages
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  Defense minister backed Kofi Annan's call for action by the international community
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  Arrest warrant for President Taylor  Liberian President has been indicted for war crimes by a United Nations-backed court   Rebels push into capital  Liberians pray to a backdrop of weapons fire and mortars, appealing for peace   Liberian foes sign ceasefire  Government and rebels have signed a ceasefire, and now have 30 days to come up with a full peace agreement   U.S. 'actively considering' role in Liberia  Under pressure from the UN, the United States is considering how to support an international peacekeeping force   Taylor agrees to leave  Liberian President had accepted an offer of asylum from Nigerian President Obasanjo   Rebels shell diplomatic neighborhood  Several diplomatic compounds and humanitarian groups located in that neighborhood Battle rages: '50 dead'   A shell hit a house, killing 18 people inside. Monrovia is in a panic and completely paralyzed Liberians dump bodies at U.S. Embassy  Liberians are saying, 'If you had intervened, this would not be happening' '600 die' as battle rages


June 2003 ... more > Top ^
Jun.4  
Jun.6  Liberians flee amid rebels attack
Jun.7  President tries to rally front-line troops
Jun.8  
Jun.9  Westerners flee Liberian capital
Jun.11  President Taylor agrees truce
Jun.12  Troops to leave streets
Jun.16  Breakthrough on cease-fire
Jun.17  
Jun.24  Shells pound Monrovia despite truce
Jun.25  200 die in fight: minister
Jun.26  Pressure mounts on President Taylor
Jun.27  Rebels call ceasefire
Jun.28  President Taylor 'to step down'
Jun.30  


July 2003 ... more > Top ^
Jul.2  U.S. may send 500-1,000 troops to Liberia
Jul.3  U.S. 'warning order' on Liberia
Jul.4  Taylor says he will step down
 U.S. to send small military team to Liberia
Jul.5  Taylor to discuss asylum
Jul.6  Taylor seeking asylum
 
Jul.7  U.S. military team arrives
 Taylor not ready to leave
Jul.9  Nigeria would shield Taylor from trial
Jul.10  Powell: Bush to make Liberia decision soon
Jul.11  Rebels warn of 'fight'
Jul.14  Fighting as U.S. mulls on Liberia
 No U.S. troops until Taylor leaves
Jul.19  Rebels advance on capital
 Taylor vows to fight to the end
 US appeals for Monrovia peace
Jul.20  Heavy fighting in capital
 
Jul.21  
 
 Panic on the streets
 W Africans seek Liberia crisis solution
Jul.22  
  Defense minister backed Kofi Annan's call for action by the international community
 Rebels call cease-fire Jul.23 Mortars shatter cease-fire  Peacekeepers 'in days' Jul.24 Port becomes focus of war Water crisis in Monrovia Jul.25 US sends warships to Liberia  U.N.: Refugee crisis grave     Bush orders troops to positions off Liberia  President ordered U.S. troops to support a West African peacekeeping force that is expected to be deployed Jul.26   Liberians die in church mortar hit  7 killed, 30 more were seriously wounded from the blast Jul.27  Rebels spurn ceasefire call Peace force in Liberia within days Jul.28 Rebels attack second Liberian city   Rebels capture port city of Buchanan
  The port had been taken by the MDL. The government forces were massing outside the city
Jul.29 Army fights to regain port Jul.30 Dozens killed in battle Advance expert team arrives in Liberia  U.S. offers U.N. resolution on Liberia   Leaders debate Liberia force  West African leaders meet to review plans for a long-awaited peacekeeping mission Jul.31 Liberia force: Leaders seek money

August 2003 ... more > Top ^
Aug.1 Leaders to discuss Taylor's exit
Force approved for Liberia Aug.2 Taylor sets date to step down Aug.3 Fight as peace force nears Monrovia awaits peace troops Aug.4   Peace force arrives
  The first wave of West African peacekeepers has arrived to end fighting between rebel troops and government forces
Peacekeepers expect Taylor to leave Aug.5 Mbeki: Taylor pledges to step down Aug.6 Troops to start patrol Aug.7 US-led team to meet rebels Aug.8  Taylor reaffirms pledge to quit  Push to bring aid Aug.9 Fears over port city Bitter Taylor bids farewell Aug.10 Taylor blames U.S. for Liberia woe Aug.11     Taylor quits under pressure
  President has stepped down as demanded by the US and West African leaders -- 14 years after leading a rebellion
President invites rebels into government Aug.13 Hungry Liberians storm port Aug.14   Rebels hand over port. US troops arrived Map of Monrovia Liberia  200 U.S. Marines copter into Monrovia's airport to support the operation Aug.15 Relief food ship docks Aug.16  Liberians cross bridge into port  Nigerians boost Liberia force Aug.17   Rebels to take role in interim government  Rebels have reached an agreement with U.N. that will give them a role in the transitional government Peace deal 'imminent' Aug.18   Liberia, rebels sign peace deal
  Government and rebel leaders signed a peace accord to end the 3-year civil war that brought down President Taylor
Aug.20  3 vie to be Liberia leader New leader Gyude Bryant: I am a healer
Aug.23  Thousands flee fighting Aug.24  Rebel fighting rages

September 2003 ... more > Top ^
Sep.9  More U.S. marines contract Malaria Sep.19  Liberia to get 15,000 UN troops

October 2003 ... more > Top ^
Oct.1   Liberia clashes mar U.N. takeover   Shooting erupted between rebels and government soldiers in a suburb of Monrovia as rebel leader visited the city   UN begins peace task
Map of Monrovia Liberia  The biggest United Nations peacekeeping operation in the world has got under way after clashes in the Monrovia Oct.14   Leader Sworn In, Calls for Fresh Start  Gyude Bryant, a low-profile businessman, took office as interim leader

November 2003 ... more > Top ^
Nov.7     US 'offers Charles Taylor bounty'  Security has been tightened around the compound of the exiled former Liberian leader

December 2003 ... more > Top ^
Dec.4   Charles Taylor wanted by Interpol  International police body has issued a global notice for the arrest of former Liberian President, currently in exile in Nigeria