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Salone Peacekeepers Return Home

By Alhaji Saidu Kamara………….
The Lungi International Airport yesterday saw scenes of jubilation and happiness as the first batch of Leobat 1 Sierra Leone Peacekeepers arrived home safely from the Africa Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
It would be recalled as part of the fulfilment of International obligation to global Peace and Security, Sierra Leone deployed a battalion comprising of of 850 officers and other ranks of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF).
The first batch comprising of 116 out of 850 was received by the Chief of Defence Staff, Major Gen. S. O. Williams and other senior officers of the RSLAF including the Deputy CDS, Brig. Gen. John Milton, the Director of Military Operations, Brig. M.M. Keita.
Also at the Airport were their relatives and loved ones who went to the airport to give a rousing welcome to the soldiers after 20 months in the East African war torn country.
According to the Defence Spokesman, Col. M. Samura, the Sierra Leone contingent would have been rotated since last year June but due to fear of the Ebola epidemic the Somali government rejected the deployment of any troops from Ebola affected countries.
He said this ugly development caused the over stay in Somalia of our troops.
The Defence spokesman told the Global Times that the remaining troops will be coming by bit after every two days until the final batch arrives and the Commander –in-Chief of the RSLAF, President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma will officially welcome the troops back home after an exemplary performance.

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