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Attack on the Ivorian troops by the RRL
During the early hours of the 17th May 2012 several hundred RRL troops move across the border into Democratic Republic of Liberia controlled Grand Gedah County. Around dawn they start attacking the ten border crossing points set up by Federation/WAU troops, manning these posts are 270 troops from the Ivory Coast.
By nightfall three border crossing points have been burned with a dead toll of 22 Ivorian and 37 RRL troops with many injured on both sides, Ivorian troops have abandoned another two border crossing points and are regrouping with Grand Gedah County, they have contacted both the Ivorian government as well as the WAU Defence Council.
RRL troops have withdrawn from the area as it appears they planned a 'hit and run' strategy.
300 Ivorian troops involved in the invasion of uncontrolled Bong county have been rerouted to assist in the defence of the border, the WAU have announced that the attack was totally unacceptable and amounted to an act of war not only on the WAU but also on the Democratic Republic of Liberia. Democratic Republic of Liberia has declared that it will defend itself however possible and has asked the WAU and the Republic of Namibia for military assistance.
By the 19th May, 2000 WAU troops had massed along the east RRL border with Ivory Coast, with a further 1500 Federation/Lofan troops along the DRL border to the north.
Many troops that had been in Bong county are expected to arrive on the DRL/RRL border by the 21st May after passing through uncontrolled Sinoe County.
Three WAU warships (one from the Ivory coast and two from the Gambia) arrived off the coast of the RRL on the 20th May 2012.
On the 21st May a delegation of WAU and Federation officials cross into the RRL to meet with President Johnstone to discuss the attacks of the Ivorian troops on the Federation border. President Johnstone refuses to meet them instead his younger brother Miki meets with them and less than politely asks them to leave the RRL within 24 hours or they will be killed.
He was also told by his brother the President, to tell the delegation that the RRL no longer recognises the Federation, or any of its constituent nations, as legitimate successors to the former nation of Liberia and demands their surrender and total withdrawal from within the the borders of the former nation of Liberia as it belongs totally to the RRL, members of the delegation from the Federation of Liberia try to reason with Miki Johnstone, but he becomes angry and strikes the head of the delegation breaking the official's nose.
The delegation of officials, seeing that he will not be reasoned with and decide to leave the RRL, they do however tell Miki Johnstone to expect a quick resolution to the situation, due to military intervention by the WAU/Federation troops. As such the WAU and Federation jointly declared war on the RRL due to their military attacks on both land and sea forces of the WAU and Federation.
After the WAU/Federation delegation had safely arrived back on Ivorian land, the invasion of the RRL began on the 22nd May 2012
22nd May 2012
Bombardment of the RRL port facilities by WAU ships began before dawn with the hope of destroying any RRL ships that may attack WAU ports.
Just after dawn 1000 Ivorian troops cross the border between the RRL and Ivory Coast at the same time 2000 WAU and 1500 Federation troops cross into RRL territory at various points along the RRL border.
Resistance has been extremely heavy, particularly against the Ivorian troops in the east by the end of the day 27 Ivorian troops and 76 RRL troops are dead and a further 34 Ivorian troops are injured, 56 RRL troops have been captured.
Elsewhere in the RRL 34 Federation, 22 WAU and 54 RRL troops have been killed with 92 RRL troops captured. A total of 54 WAU and 12 Federation troops are injured.
In the RRL President Johnstone has announced conscription into the army for every man from the age of 18 to 35, giving the RRL and estimated army strength of 34,000 troops, although actual trained army consists of under 10,000 troops.
23rd May 2012
In the early hours of the morning a large explosion rocks one of the WAU vessels belonging to The Gambia, the explosion puts a five foot hole the hull roughly halfway down the port side of the vessel at the waterline, flooding was stopped quickly by navy personnel on board. In total 23 Gambian navy personnel die in the explosion.
Reports from other vessels in the fleet recorded a radar contact of a small vessel approaching from out to sea heading for the shore at roughly the time of the explosion. It is assumed it was a RRL vessel packed with explosives that had taken to sea before the fleet arrived and attacked the ports.
After a search of the water three survivors of the vessel are found, they confirm the WAU assumptions and that they had been personally been ordered by the President of the RRL to ram the explosive laden fishing boat into the WAU fleet, they had taken to sea five days ago when news of the WAU fleet reached the RRL leadership.
Watches are increased within the WAU fleet in case there are any other floating bombs.
On land resistance to the WAU/Federation attack has increased by the end of day 23 Ivorian, 45 Federation, 32 WAU and 103 RRL troops are dead and a further 43 Ivorian, 18 Federation, 43 WAU troops are injured with another 129 RRL troops captured.
24th May 2012
Losses on the 24th were low, manly due to the fact that there was a massive storm that broke over the north of the RRL, three WAU and one Federation troops die as they cross a river that suffered a sudden flash flood.
In the east Ivorian troops suffer some small amounts of losses with three killed and 11 injured. On the RRL side eight are dead and another 14 are captured.
25th May 2012
Early in the morning two contacts are picked up on the WAU fleet radar, they appear to be small fishing vessels, the fleet is put under high alert. At 9am one of the contacts comes closer to the fleet, the vessel from the Ivory coast fires two warning shots at the unknown vessel, it withdraws along with the other contact.
Within the RRL floods have receded in the north and west, taking advantage of the disarray in the RRL troops due to the bad weather the WAU and Federation troops advance quickly capturing nearly 100 RRL troops by noon, by nightfall the captured total reach over 200 with the most of the RRL being untrained teenagers.
In the east the Ivorian troops are within 10 miles of the capital of Barclayville. 32 Ivorian troops have been killed and a further 27 injured with 129 RRL troops dead and 34 captured.
26th May 2012
By nightfall all of the RRL outside the former Liberian county of Grand Kru have fallen to the WAU/Federation/Ivorian invasion.
234 RRL troops have been captured - a further 87 are dead. In the north, tem Federation and eight WAU troops are dead - and in the east 12 Ivorian troops are dead.
27th May 2012
The invasion force quickly surrounded the capital of the RRL Barclayville, RRL troops had withdrawn back to the city for the expected last stand.
Death tolls are low for the invasion force with two WAU, five Federation and four Ivorian troops dead, 34 RRL troops are dead and another 167 are captured or surrender to the invasion force.
28th May 2012
Barclayville had been totally surrounded, several hundred RRL troops surrender at dawn, they bring news that President Johnstone has declared fight or die, any RRL troop unwilling to fight will be executed.
29th May 2012
The invasion force fortifies its positions surrounding Barclayville, more RRL troops surrender overnight, along with the RRL fighters several hundred civilians escape the RRL capital. WAU officials decided to hold back the final attack for one more day to allow as many civilians to escape.
30th May 2012
With a temporary halt called to the attack to allow civilians to escape and as many as possible RRL troops to surrender, the day consists of supplying attacking forces up with ammunition.
During this time the Ivorian troops came under the command of the combined WAU commanders.
31st May 2012
The expected attack begins at dawn, resistance is extremely heavy from the outset with casualties building quickly, by nightfall over 200 RRL troops are dead along with 23 WAU, 12 Ivorian and 17 Federation troops, nearly 300 RRL troops have been captured.
By evening the invasion have captured the majority of Barclayville, they surround three main building, the Presidential Palace, the Senate house and the main military barracks.
1st June 2012
Around noon the Senate house fell to the invading troops, at around 3 pm the main military barracks fell to the invading troops. The head of the RRL army surrenders all troops remaining in the barracks, he also tells the invading commanders that the Presidential Palace is manned with 350 of the most highly trained troops along with the Presidential family.
The remaining invasion troops now turn their attack onto the Presidential Palace, it is over 43 acres in size with over twelve separate buildings visible to the troops, it is expected that there are more underground.
The death toll for the day is high with 274 RRL, 62 WAU, and 19 Federation dead and 1624 RRL captured or surrendered.
2nd June 2012
Before dawn the attack begins, mortars are fired into the compound for 20 minutes before the foot attack begins at 8am, the troops quickly breach the walls of the compound in the north and west, quickly they take the Presidential Chapel and the kitchens of the Palace with no losses of attacking forces.
In the south and east the resistance is higher, the wall in the south is heavily re-enforced and only falls after three well aimed mortars hit it directly.
By noon the gardens in the south and west had been taken along with the Presidential stables, garages and heliport (troops find three working helicopters within hangers)
By nightfall all buildings within the Presidential compound have fallen, apart from the small military barracks and the residential part of the Presidential Palace.
During the night a contingent of WAU special forces arrive in the city and form up to attack the military barracks.
Death tolls are high on both sides, the RRL loose 267 troops as well as 175 captured, the WAU lost 89 troops and the Federation lost 78.
3rd June 2012
The attack on the Presidential military barracks starts at 2am, although the barracks only consists of five small building it takes nearly six hours to completely clear of RRL troops.
At dawn the RRL flag is lowered over the Presidential military barracks and a white flag of surrender is raised in full view of anyone within the residential part of the Presidential Palace.
From 9am the residential part of the Presidential palace are bombarded by mortars for nearly and hour, reducing much of the building to burning rubble, this is mainly due to the fact that the WAu have had reports that the building had been booby-trapped extensively.
The main assault begins shortly after 10am with 500 WAU and 350 Federation troops attacking the remaining building.
At 10:12am a large explosion is heard from the northern sector of the Palace, this was caused by a bomb hidden within the Palace detonating, it kills 43 WAU and 27 Federation troops that were within that part of the building at the time.
The building falls at 4:27pm, among the captured is Miki Johnstone the brother of the President. The attacking troops find the Presidential family dead in one of the bedrooms it appears that they had all been shot at close range by handguns, it is quickly ascertained that they were not shot by the attacking forces.
At 5:29pm a body is discovered in the rubble caused by the explosion earlier on in the day, it is quickly identified as President Johnstone, it is later ascertained that the handgun discovered on his body matches the bullets pulled from the Presidential family, it is assumed that once the attack began the President killed his own family and undertook a suicide missing again the attacking forces.
The final death toll for the day is very high with 498 RRL troops dead and 328 captured. The WAU lost 174 troops and the Federation had lost 104 troops.
4th June 2012
After the total defeat of the RRL the leadership of the invading armies of the WAU and Federation meet to decide the future of the RRL.
It is decided that the area will be jointly managed by both the Federation of Liberia and the WAU nation of Ivory Coast with a transitional government until a new elected democratic government can be established.
All of Sinoe County will be put under Federation control and will be fully transferred to the Federation of Liberia on the 1st January 2014 (the same day Lofa joins the Federation)
The capital city will be moved to Harper in Maryland County. It will be rebuilt with help from the WAU nation of Ivory Coast.
10th June 2012
The Revolutionary Republic of Liberia officially ceases to exist in its place is the re-established Republic of Maryland, a name last used for the area in 1857 when the area was annexed into Liberia.