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Liberia:
Military & Transnational Issues

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Geography, People, Government, Economy, Communications & Transportation,
Military branches
Definition
Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL): Army, Navy, Air Force
Military service age and obligation
Definition
16 years of age for voluntary military service; no conscription (2008)
Manpower available for military service
Definition
males age 16-49: 729,813
females age 16-49: 741,223 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service
Definition - World rank and map
males age 16-49: 371,287
females age 16-49: 373,265 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP
Definition - World rank and map
1.3% (2006 est.)
Disputes - international
Definition
although civil unrest continues to abate with the assistance of 18,000 UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) peacekeepers, as of January 2007, Liberian refugees still remain in Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire, Sierra Leone, and Ghana; Liberia, in turn, shelters refugees fleeing turmoil in Cote d'Ivoire; despite the presence of over 9,000 UN forces (UNOCI) in Cote d'Ivoire since 2004, ethnic conflict continues to spread into neighboring states who can no longer send their migrant workers to Ivorian cocoa plantations; UN sanctions ban Liberia from exporting diamonds and timber
Refugees and internally displaced persons
Definition
refugees (country of origin): 12,600 (Cote d'Ivoire)
IDPs: 13,000 (civil war from 1990-2004; IDP resettlement began in November 2004) (2007)
Illicit drugs
Definition
transshipment point for Southeast and Southwest Asian heroin and South American cocaine for the European and US markets; corruption, criminal activity, arms-dealing, and diamond trade provide significant potential for money laundering, but the lack of well-developed financial system limits the country's utility as a major money-laundering center


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