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Tanzania Combat Troops Arrive In Congo As M23 Oil Guns


viagra 40mg hospital http://cikza.com/wp-admin/includes/revision.php geneva; font-size: small;”>In March the Security Council authorized the deployment of an intervention brigade within the existing UN peacekeeping operation in the country (MONUSCO) to carry out targeted offensive operations, buy more about with or without the Congolese national army, against armed groups that threaten peace in eastern DRC.

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The brigade – which will be based in North Kivu province and total 3,069 peacekeepers – is tasked with neutralizing armed groups, reducing the threat posed to State authority and civilian security and make space for stabilization activities.

Madnodje Mounoubai, spokesperson for MONUSCO, said in an interview with UN-backed Radio Okapi that the soldiers that arrived today bring to 100 the number of Tanzanian troops that are now on the ground as part of the brigade.

“Today, a number of Tanzanian soldiers arrived with equipment. From the evidence we have, about a hundred elements are already in place. These are officers, members of staff, so those responsible for planning that have arrived,” he said.

He added that the Commander of the brigade, General James Mwakibolwa, is already in place with certain members of his staff.

UN said the Brigade is designed to further support the political objectives of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the region – a peace deal signed in February in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Some of the South African combatants have already arrived in Goma. It also emerged that at least 30 French military personnel had arrived in Goma to finalize plans of combating M23 fighters.

In preparation for an attack, sources say, M23 has intensified a massive recruitment and training of new combatants in guerilla warfare to engage UN Brigade.


Knowledgeable sources say the Brigade should prepare for a storm, considering that majority of M23 fighters have lived and fought several wars in their territory which is alien to the invading force.

The mountainous terrain and wintry weather is also dangerous for war planes, which could work against the UN Brigade should it choose to use the air force against the rebels.

It is also important to note that M23 is very popular in its territory, owing to victories secured against DRC troops in several encounters in 2012.

A source told Chimpreports that the UN force also faces the challenge of language and could face hostility from locals who dread FARDC forces for raping women, killing and maiming innocent civilians.

UN last week said at least 126 women had been raped in the eastern town of Minova in November 2012 by DRC soldiers.

What is also likely to compound The UN Brigade’s troubles in DRC is identification of rebels, considering they do not have a specific uniform.

While some put on the DRC uniform imported from China, others wear civilian clothes.


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