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    Military Ebola mission in Liberia coming to an end

    Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY 6:31 a.m. EST February 5, 2015
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    The number of troops deployed to the West African country, which reached nearly 3,000 in December, will fall to 1,300 this week and decline through March as soldiers head home, according to a U.S. official familiar with the U.S. government efforts. The official declined to be identified because the government is not ready to disclose its plans to the public. The official said the returning troops would be replaced by a force of about 100 for at least the near term.

    "They are drawing down gradually with a visible timeline," Liberian Defense Minister Brownie Samukai said of the U.S. military effort to stop the spread of the deadly virus. Brice de la Vingne, director of operations for Doctors Without Borders, a leading aid group in the fight against Ebola in West Africa, said U.S. forces "are pulling out."

    Neither White House officials nor Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, commanding troops in Liberia, would comment on any future plans.
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    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/w...said/22694031/
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      Obama to Recall Military Personnel From Ebola Zone, Officials Say

      By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVISFEB. 10, 2015

      WASHINGTON President Obama will announce Wednesday that he is withdrawing almost all the American troops who were sent to West Africa to help contain the spread of the Ebola virus, administration officials said Tuesday.

      He will also outline new steps aimed at eradicating the disease now that the crisis has eased, said the officials, who were not authorized to speak publicly until the moves are announced.

      All but 100 of the 3,000 American military service members deployed to fight the deadly disease will return home by the end of April, the officials said...

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      http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/11/wo...-say.html?_r=0
      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
      -Nelson Mandela

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