M23 Warn DRC Army

In what appears as the latest escalation of tensions in Eastern Congo, the rebel M23 Movement has given the DRC government an ultimatum of 48 hours to vacate their strategic stronghold Southern town of Kamahoro, Chimp Corps reports. In a press conference held at Silver Springs Hotel in Kampala on Tuesday evening, the leader of M23 peace delegation to Kampala,… Read More

Rwanda’s Kagame Sees Influence in the DRC Take a Hit

When the M23, a Rwanda-backed militia, launched a rebellion last year in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), few could have guessed the fallout it would cause in Kigali.  For years, credible reports had documented a host of Rwanda-sponsored abuses in the region, from civilian massacres to the plundering of minerals. Yet Rwanda’s Western backers, wary of undermining a countryconsidered a major… Read More

DR Congo rebels face disarmament deadline today

Congolese government army soldiers stay concealed at an attack position near Munigi, overlooking the front-line, where they are fighting against M23 rebels outside the eastern Congolese city of Goma, July 15, 2013. – Reuters picKINSHASA, Aug 1 — Rebels in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo face a deadline today to lay down their arms, but they have dismissed… Read More

U.S. tells Rwanda to immediately end support for M23 rebels

  WASHINGTON | Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:06pm EDT (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday called on Rwanda to end support for M23 rebels in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, saying there was evidence Rwandan military officials were involved. “We call upon Rwanda to immediately end any support for the M23 (and) withdraw military personnel from eastern DRC,” State Department spokeswoman Jen… Read More

U.N. says Congo again on brink, peacekeepers need to combat rebels

  By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS | Fri Feb 22, 2013 1:30pm EST (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo’s resource-rich east is again on the brink of a major conflict, a senior U.N. official warned on Friday as he urged the U.N. Security Council to urgently approve plans for a peace enforcement unit to combat armed rebel groups. Roger Meece, head of… Read More

Splits deepen within the M23

Reports from various sources––the UN peacekeeping mission, M23 insiders, and the Congolese army––this afternoon suggest that the rift between Bosco Ntaganda and Sultani Makenga is deepening. Details are still vague, with some going so far as saying that the two have been taking to Kigali for a sitting-down, but it is clear that the long-standing tensions have escalated. To recap:… Read More

U.N. Security Council allows drones for eastern Congo

 By Michelle Nichols (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council has given a green light for peacekeepers to use surveillance drones in eastern Democratic Republic of Congoafter weeks of delay over concerns of Russia, Chinaand Rwanda about the use of aerial spy equipment. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote to the 15-member council late last month to advise that peacekeepers in Congo planned to use unmanned aerial… Read More