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West Africa's tangled war
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Kamajor fighters side with President Kabbah
Kamajor fighters side with President Kabbah, AP 1998
The Nigerian-led West African intervention force Ecomog stormed Freetown early in 1998, returning President Kabbah to power. The troops were supported by Kamajor forces, some of the most feared fighters in Sierra Leone, and fiercely loyal to Kabbah.

Refugees continued to flood over the borders to already overcrowded camps in Guinea. Many also crossed to Liberia, including thousands of former AFRC and RUF rebels, who were sometimes escorted by the Liberian military. AFRC and RUF rebels frequently crossed the borders to buy supplies and recruit new fighters from the Liberian camps.

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