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Warriors are presently on the 11th position in the NPFL with just 18 points from 16 games.
Within a few months, Taylor and his fighters marched from the Liberia-Cote d'Ivoire border to the capital Monrovia, recruiting many anti-Doe activists to the NPFL. (52) However, it was a splinter group, the Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia led by Prince Johnson, not the NPFL, which eventually caught and savagely tortured and murdered Doe in early 1990.
After diplomatic talks with the Government of Burkina Faso, headed by Thomas Sankara, Taylor was released and travelled to Ivory Coast where he joined the relatively newly formed NPFL. (56) According to Prince Johnson, a leading member of the NPFL and later head of the Independent NPFL (INPFL), Taylor ascended rapidly through the hierarchy of the NPFL and was introduced to Blaise Compaore, the deputy head of state of Burkina Faso, and through him to President Sankara.
Incidentally, in early 1990, the Americans had promised Charles Taylor that if the NPFL took control of Roberts International, Washington would ask Liberia's then military head of state, Master-Sgt Samuel Doc, to leave the Executive Mansion and surrender power.
Nicholai Lidow suggests that many women formed relationships with NPFL fighters, 'which allowed them to travel more safely and pay fewer taxes than their competitors' (Lidow, 2011: 217).
The war began in earnest in 1989 when Charles Taylor invaded from Cote d'lvoire at the head of the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL).
Taylor's National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) earned a reputation for extreme violence and was known to force children, some as young as 10, to carry guns.
Realizing that the Doe regime was enveloped by the broader crisis of legitimacy of the neo-colonial Liberian state, and thus had experienced the precipitous erosion of citizen support, the Taylor-led National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) took advantage of the situation and launched an armed rebellion from neighboring Cote d'Ivoire (Huband, 1998; Williams, 2007; Kieh, 2008).
Charles Taylor responded by forming the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) in an effort to unseat Doe as Liberia's political leader.
Prince Johnson--formerly a member of Taylor's National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL)--formed the break-away Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL).
"For the most part the prosecution relies on the evidence of fairly lowly members of the RUF and the NPFL [National Patriotic Front of Liberia], none of whom, we say, would have had the kind of access to Charles Taylor to make their evidence credible."
Doe's regime was first challenged by the NPFL (National Patriotic Front of Liberia) in 1989.
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