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UN peacekeepers under siege in DR Congo: Uruguay

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posted on Nov, 1 2008 @ 12:37 PM
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UN peacekeepers under siege in DR Congo: Uruguay


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MONTEVIDEO (AFP) – Rwanda-backed rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are laying siege to 100 civilians, 150 Indian peacekeepers and half of the Uruguayan peacekeeping force attempting to secure the area, Uruguay Defense Minister Jose Bayardi said.

The rebels troops led by ethnic Tutsi warlord Laurent Nkunda "are backed by tanks" and "artillery" from Rwanda, according to Uruguayan military commander Jorge Rosales, who is overseeing the peacekeeping troops.
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posted on Nov, 1 2008 @ 12:37 PM
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The UN allready have peacekeepers there - who are under direct attack from the rebels , who if the whispers are true are backed by some in the west to secure the mineral resources.

Will there be a UN mandate to allow force? and who will go - the country has mineral wealth , so that beggers the question - why is the UK readying to deploy , in force there.

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posted on Nov, 1 2008 @ 01:18 PM
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we[UK] are always quick to deploy in africa it goes back to the whole empire issue

we still have strong links with many ex commonwealth countries both politcally and financially

we did the same in sierra leone



posted on Nov, 1 2008 @ 02:00 PM
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Unlike most nations, the British army (not just special forces) has jungle training and the ability to enter the Congo jungle to locate the militia. The current UN peacekeeping force has no mandate to engage the militia and little or no jungle trained soldiers.

It is likely the SAS or SBS are already on their way to the Congo and will setup base in the jungle.

Regular rank and file soldiers will not enter the UN force until January - when the Iraqi mission is drastically reduced.



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