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Rebels Force out Mauritanian Leader

Sunday, 08 June 2003 12:00 AM

Battles continue in the area between the insurgents and forces loyal to President Maaouiya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya.

The British Broadcasting Corp. reported that crowds of civilians have taken over government ministries in Nouakchott, and mutineers regained control of the radio station. The rebels are expected to broadcast a statement.

A number of reports suggest military and air force units are on the side of the rebels. There are also reports of widespread looting.

Tensions increased in the northwestern African country as the government started cracking down on Islamic militants after the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

The mostly Muslim population is largely opposed to Taya's close ties with Israel. Mauritania is one of three Arab League nations to have full diplomatic relations with Israel.

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