Sunday, September 15, 2013

Democratic Republic of Congo: Army and UN troops have pushed back M23 rebels from Goma


Congolese and UN troops have pushed back the M23 rebel group that had been entrenched in the hills above Goma and the rebels no longer pose a threat to the strategically important city in eastern Congo, the UN peacekeeping chief said Thursday.

Herve Ladsous called the military action a “very significant achievement” that inflicted casualties on the M23 and likely led the rebels to resume talks with the government in neighboring Uganda’s capital, Kampala.

Late last month, Congolese troops exchanged heavy fire with the M23 rebels just outside Goma. Aided by UN peacekeeping troops and the new UN intervention brigade, they pounded rebel positions with combat helicopters and reclaimed several areas that had been occupied by the M23 until the rebels unexpectedly declared a cease-fire, saying they wanted to resume talks.

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