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Congo rebels ready to fight new UN forces

M23 rebel spokesman Colonel Vianney Kazarama (right). Photo: AFP

Rebels in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have said they are prepared to respond to any attack by the United Nations' first offensive force. In March, the UN Security Council renewed the mandate of the UN mission in the Congo (Monusco) and approved the creation of a 3,000-strong "intervention brigade".

Tuesday, 7 May, 2013, 3:51am

DR Congo warlord Bosco Ntaganda surrenders in Kigali

Congolese rebel Bosco Ntaganda is wanted by the ICC. Photo: Reuters

Notorious Democratic Republic of Congo rebel Bosco Ntaganda, wanted by the International Criminal Court for a string of alleged atrocities and known as "The Terminator", has surrendered to the US embassy in Kigali in a surprise development.

20 Mar 2013 - 3:59am

DR Congo rebels withdraw from key city of Goma

A traffic jam is caused by trucks carrying the M23 rebel fighters out of the city of Goma on Saturday. Photo: EPA

Rebels in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo pulled out Saturday from the mining hub of Goma, the city they seized less than two weeks ago, sparking fears of a wider war.

2 Dec 2012 - 10:14am

UN says Rwanda and Uganda backed rebel takeover of Goma

A crowd gathers around the body of a Congolese army soldier after M23 rebels took control of Goma in eastern Congo. Photo: EPA

The Rwandan military is commanding and supporting the rebel force that overtook a provincial capital in eastern Congo earlier this week, a United Nations report said.

Uganda is also providing more subtle, but nonetheless decisive backing to the M23 rebels, the report added.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

Rwanda's drive into Congo has grim ring of familiarity

A Congo government policeman hands in his weapon to M23 rebels in Goma, Congo. Photo: AP

History is repeating itself yet again in eastern Congo. Rebels supported by Rwanda are on the march. Civilians are fleeing. And higher powers appear to be taking sides.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:08am

M23 rebels claim control of key Congolese city of Goma

A UN vehicle drives past M23 rebels in Goma;  a refugee camp. Photo: Reuters

Rebels widely believed to be backed by Rwanda claimed control of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo yesterday, parading through the frontier city of one million people past UN peacekeepers who did nothing to stop them.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:05am

Congo rebels clash with army on outskirts of Goma

M23 rebels gather at a small base in the hills of Kanyarucinya near Goma, east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo: AFP

Rebels believed to be backed by Rwanda resumed mortar and machine gun fire on Monday at a village just 3 kilometres outside of the crucial, provincial capital of Goma, hours after saying they were halting fighting in order to negotiate with the government of Congo.

19 Nov 2012 - 11:09pm

Ban vows peacekeepers will stay in Goma

UN Peacekeepers patrol near Goma in eastern DR Congo on Sunday. Photo: EPA

UN leader Ban Ki-moon vowed on Sunday that peacekeepers will stay in the DR Congo city of Goma after UN combat helicopters and government troops failed to stop a rebel advance amid growing international alarm.

Government troops and local officials were already fleeing the city, said several sources.

19 Nov 2012 - 12:45pm