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CAR Rebels Gain Ground

The government of the Central African Republic has sent troops from its Congolese allies to stop a rebel advance on the CAR’s second largest military base. Some 1,000 troops from the Congolese rebel group, the Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC), have recently arrived in the CAR capital, Bangui. The BBC’s Joseph Benamse in Bangui says that some of these have already been sent to Bouar, while others are being prepared to go to Bozoum, which rebels loyal to former army chief Francois Bozize recently recaptured. President Ange-Felix Patasse has meanwhile repeated a call for former colonial power France to send troops into CAR, as it has done in the Ivory Coast conflict. Rebels control some 70% of CAR territory and our correspondent says that supplies of the staple food, cassava, are running low in Bangui as most of the agricultural areas are in rebel hands. Full Story

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