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The Armed Forces

The mission of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) has histor ically been to defend and guard the country's borders, safeguard national security, and protect tine population from threat or ag gression, although in 1980 the AFL's duties were expanded by the soldiers' foray into government . In 1984 the operational ele ments of the AFL included the Liberian National Guard Brigade anti related units, which had a combined manned strength of ap proximately 6,300, and the Liberian National Coast Guard's total complement of about 450 men. These forces were thought to be gradually improving after the upheavals offour years earlier.

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