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UN ready to back French-led force to halt Congo carnage

A French-led force of peace-keepers hoping to halt killings in the Democratic Republic of Congo is expected to receive United Nations approval today. The 1,000-strong battalion, including some British troops, could be deployed as early as next week. But in Bunia, the capital of Ituri province, fears were growing of a fresh onslaught. A fierce battle for the town two weeks ago saw the ethnic Lendu population expelled by militia from the rival Hema group. Now the Lendu may be preparing a counter-attack. “Some of their positions are only five kilometres from here. They are regrouping for another attack,” said an official in the razor-wire protected UN compound. “We think it’s not a matter of if, but when.” Full Story

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