All-Out War Looms in Congo
Strategic city now held by M23
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 21, 2012 1:30 AM CST
People walk past as M23 rebel soldiers take positions near the Heal Africa hospital in the center of Goma, Congo yesterday.   (AP Photo/Melanie Gouby)

(Newser) – A rebel group believed to be backed by Rwanda seized the strategic provincial capital of Goma in eastern Congo yesterday in a development that threatens to spark a new regional war. Explosions and machine-gun fire rocked the city of more than a million people as the M23 rebels pushed forward on two fronts: toward the city center and along the road that leads to Bukavu, another provincial capital which lies to the south.

After the gunfire stopped, M23 soldiers marched down the potholed main boulevards, unimpeded. Their senior commanders, who the United Nations has accused of grave crimes including recruiting child soldiers, summary executions and rape, paraded around the town in all-terrain vehicles. The 1,500 United Nations peacekeepers in the city did not assist government forces during the battle because they do not have a mandate to engage the rebels, said a Congolese military spokesman who expressed frustration over the lack of action by the peacekeepers.

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HANKHILL
Nov 21, 2012 3:11 PM CST
damn there goes the vacation again!!!!!!!!!!!!!
gomer99
Nov 21, 2012 12:19 PM CST
Let the fooookin tribal-driven idiots kill each other off. The world, and its gene pool, will benefit.
john09
Nov 21, 2012 10:21 AM CST
I don't get it. If this Newser article is supposed to be about Congo, then why did they post photos of south side Chicago instead?