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"A Dangerous Gamble"

January 20, 2009
By Catherine Larson

Rwandan troops have moved into the Democratic Republic of Congo today to hunt down members of the FDLR, remnants of the Hutu militia who fled across the border during the 1994 genocide and who were responsible for much of the killing then, as well as current-day raids on Congolese Tutsi.

According to the Telegraph the operation " had been jointly planned with Congo's army and would last 10 to 15 days." Rebel leader General Laurent Nkunda says he has been fighting to rid the country of the FDLR because he believes DR Congo is unable to do the job. Theoretically, if the FDLR is disbanded, Nkunda's military mission will be gone as well. GlobalSecurity.com indicates that there are between 15,000 and 20,000 FDLR troops in DR Congo.

The Telegraph calls this a "dangerous gamble that could help solve one of the world's worst conflicts, but risks plunging Central Africa back into a period of intense and bloody violence." Time is even less optimistic in its assessment, "The Rwandan mission may be aimed at bringing peace. But they are not coming in peace, and in Congo that has always led to more war."


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