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Africa Subsaharan
DR Congo rebels take new town despite UN attacks
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo
...formerly the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Zaire, and who knows what else, not to be confused with the Brazzaville Congo or Republic of Congo, which is much smaller and much more (for Africa) stable. DRC gave the world Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Mobutu, followed by years of tedious civil war. Its principle industry seems to be the production of corpses. With a population of about 74 million it has lots of raw material...
have seized a new town as they close in on the key lovely provincial capital of Goma, the United Nations
...the Oyster Bay money pit...
said Saturday.

A UN peacekeeping front man said the town of Kibumba, 25 kilometers (15 miles) north of Goma, was taken by the M23 group despite strikes by UN attack helicopters helping DR Congo government forces.

The announcement of the fall of Kibumba came as the UN Security Council met at La Belle France's demand to discuss the offensive in the mineral-rich region by M23, who UN experts have said are backed by neighbouring Rwanda and Uganda.

UN leader the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon
... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan...
spoke with Rwanda's President Paul Kagame on Saturday to appeal for his help to halt the M23 advance, the front man said. Rwanda has strongly denied
No, no! Certainly not!
any involvement in the rebellion, which erupted in April.

The front man said that DR Congo government forces and peacekeepers from the UN mission, MONUSCO, "are attempting to hold off a possible M23 advance toward Goma at Kibati."
Posted by:Fred