The transcripts of the trial of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia. More…

Yes. We have captured Buchanan and if you look Buchanan now is to the far west, but we have not reached to Gbarnga. I want to go to through this even before I get to the map, because I don't want it to be said that the map is leading me because I know this. So we have progressed west to Buchanan, we've captured Buchanan, but going northeastward towards Gbarnga we deliberately do not capture Gbarnga.

By July - and this is very interesting. By July of 1990 the NPFL forces have reached the outskirts of Monrovia, by July, and so we are talking about a period of about six months we had moved from the border all the way right on the outskirts of Monrovia. We had practically encircled Monrovia. We still have not moved into Gbarnga.

What we do, we go into Buchanan and then we move northward towards the town of Kakata. Now, Kakata - because you asked me the question about 1990. Kakata is on the road between Monrovia and Gbarnga. Now, from a military tactical position we have left Gbarnga in natural terms behind us. What we did was to go and capture the town of Kakata. There were still Armed Forces of Liberia troops in Gbarnga and to a great extent all the way back in the other part of Nimba, so when I told this Court we had not captured all of Nimba County, that part of Nimba County as I mentioned that is the northeastern side on the main highway that I tried to direct, Ganta coming on to Gbarnga, are still being held by the armed forces. So we bypass them, come to Buchanan, cut across to Kakata and leave Gbarnga and Ganta behind us.

What happens then? The troops from the Armed Forces of Liberia have been cut off from the rest of the troops in Monrovia and most of them flee. Then we work our way back from Kakata towards - and I'll then show what I'm talking about on the map.

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