Congo army makes inroads against weakened rebels

October 29, 2013 • World News

Residents cheer as Congolese army soldiers pass through Rugare after recapturing it from M23 rebels over the weekend, towards Rumangabo, around 30km (19 miles) from the provincial capital Goma, in eastern Congo Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. The Congolese army, who just one year ago abandoned their posts and fled in the face of an advancing rebel army, succeeded on Monday in taking back a fifth rebel-held town, the city of Rumangabo, in what appears to be a turning point in the conflict. (AP Photo/Joseph Kay)

RUMANGABO, Congo (AP) — RUMANGABO, Congo (AP) — The Congolese army colonel marched triumphantly into town, welcomed by cheering crowds waving palm leaves after his soldiers retook this base in their latest offensive to quash the M23 rebels.

“Congo for the Congolese!” Col. Mamadou Ndala proclaimed in Swahili to applause and adulation, as women threw flowers and shouted out the names of army commanders.

The recapturing of Rumangabo from the M23 rebels, who are allegedly backed by neighboring Rwanda, is the army’s sixth such victory since Saturday. It’s a marked turnaround from a year ago when neither the army nor the U.N. peacekeepers kept the same rebels from seizing Goma, a city of 1 million people.

With more help than ever from U.N. forces, Congo’s military is now taking advantage of an apparent weakening within the M23 Login to read more

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