The third platoon-size of Liberia Contingent to MINUSMA that departed the country on 25 June 2015 returned on 2 September 2016 via the Roberts international Airport.
The return of the third platoon-size of Liberian peacekeepers doesn’t end AFL peacekeeping mission in Mali, but brings to an end a year of peacekeeping duty for the second platoon.
It can be recalled that on the June 23, 2013 the Government of Liberia dispatched the first platoon-size of AFL troops to form part of the African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA)-an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) organized military mission sent to support the government of ECOWAS member nation, Mali against Islamist rebels in northern Mali.
Meanwhile, on 2 September 2016, a new Infantry Platoon, headed by Capt. Forkpah Tarnue departed Liberia for Mali. The outgoing platoon completed a three-month pre-deployment training at the Armed Forces Training Command in Careysburg. The pre-deployment training covered all aspect of tasks expected to be conducted during the tour in Mali. It covered medical screening and physical training.
The training also covered the following courses: Geo-Politics of Mali, International Humanitarian Law, Introduction to Patrol, Individual Soldier Task, Map Reading/Land Navigation, First Aid, Road block, Cordon and Search, Ambush, VIP Escort, Control of IDPs, Urban Operations, Desert Warfare, Battle Drills, Offensive Operations, and Combat/Operational Stress Control amongst others.