Siege of Freetown

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Battle of Freetown
Part of Sierra Leone Civil War
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Map of Sierra Leone
Date1997-1998
Location Sierra Leone
Result Government victory
Belligerents
Flag of Sierra Leone.svg Sierra Leone Army
Flag of Nigeria.svg Nigerian-led ECOMOG forces
Revolutionary United Front
Armed Forces Revolutionary Council
Commanders and leaders
Ahmad Tejan Kabbah
Maxwell Khobe
Foday Sankoh
Johnny Paul Koroma

The Siege of Freetown was a battle during the Sierra Leone Civil War. It began when Johnny Paul Koroma took over the power [1] from Ahmad Tejan Kabbah and began a dictatorship. In response, ECOMOG troops, led by Nigeria, helped the Sierra Leone Army to attack and remove Koroma from power and Kabbah was elected back in post. In revenge, Koroma's allies, the RUF, assaulted the city but were forced to retreat.

Sierra Leone Civil War civil war between Commonwealth-backed government and rebel factions

The Sierra Leone Civil War (1991–2002) began on 23 March 1991 when the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), with support from the special forces of Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), intervened in Sierra Leone in an attempt to overthrow the Joseph Momoh government. The resulting civil war lasted 11 years, enveloped the country, and left over 50,000 dead.

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In fiction

The battle was portrayed in the film Blood Diamond .

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