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Iraq Military Recruitment in Monrovia Worries Many, Questions the Rationale

The recruitment of hundreds of Liberians as military personnel to go to Iraq and join United States military forces to battle with enemies in that country has created concern amongst Liberians.

According to credible information gathered by the GNN and other local media representatives, suggest that several ex-servicemen and interested individual Liberians are on a daily basis being recruited for guards’ services in war-torn Iraq are now making preparation for their journey.

According to the information, over 200 persons who were over the past weeks been recruited, mostly males are said to be making their final preparation to depart the country this weekend.

The source further disclosed that an American firm, the Black Water is spearheading the recruitment exercise.

Those recruited, according to our source are asked to provide a birth certificate, passport and HIV/AIDS clearance from a well recognized medical center in Monrovia, and opened bank account from the ECOBANK in Monrovia for any possibility of the transfer of salaries and wages while on their Iraq assignment.

At the “Iraq’s Recruitment Center” located at the offices of the Liberia Cement Company, CEMENCO, several hundreds of young Liberians, mostly ex-fighters of former armed factions in the Liberian civil war were seen in a very long queue waiting to be registered as a member (Black American) was seen calling out names of possible recruits.

Some of the recruits who spoke to our reporter expressed interest in the exercise, like this gentleman who preferred not to be photographed, said he was in a very high gear for the trip, stressing, “My brother I am indeed happy for my journey to Iraq, I am going tom make it in that part of the world”, 32 years old recruit who only named himself as Peter told the GNN.

This new development regarding the recruitment of Liberians to go to Iraq has surprised many Liberians especially both the ordinary and those in the National Legislature, calling on the Liberian government to investigate the authenticity of this news.


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