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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Troops Requested

MONROVIA -- With factional fighting showing no sign of abating Monday, the commander of peacekeeping troops said he would need 18,000 men -- more than twice the current force -- to halt the carnage.

"Ecomog needs to have the kind of presence which the ... peacekeeping force has in the old Yugoslavia," General John Inienger told editors in Lagos, Nigeria. Inienger, a Nigerian, commands the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group, or Ecomog.

Ecomog was deployed in Liberia in 1990 to try to control the civil war. It has been accused of doing virtually nothing to stop fighting that erupted in the capital April 6.

"To do that, our troop strength must be no less than 18,000, and they must be better equipped,"