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Civilians sing and dance to celebrate the victory of government forces, who had recently retaken Ganta, a small town in the north of the country, from LURD rebels..The ongoing conflict in Liberia intensified in March 2003 when rebels opposed to the government of Charles Taylor gained territory across much of the country. In August 2003 Taylor agreed to hand over power to an interim government and went into exile, which led to the signing of a peace agreement.