Military action Starts Against FDLR Rebels in DRC

The Congolese government has started Military action against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda-FDLR following the expiry of the deadline set by the United Nations for the forces to voluntarily surrender.

A Congolese army fighter takes position to guard against rebels
A Congolese army fighter takes position to guard against rebels

The UN had set the 2nd January 2015 for the rebels to surrender. However, only 300 rebels had surrendered by the expiry of the deadline. The failure by the rebels has prompted the Congolese government to resort to military action.

The Operation Codenamed Sokola2 is aimed at ensuring that the FDLR forces that are mainly comprised of the Ethnic Hutu Rebels, who fled Rwanda after the 1994 Genocide, are all disarmed, the Congolese Chief of Armed forces General Didier Etumba said.

The DRC forces will again be supported by the UN intervention brigade that backed them during the Operation against the M23 rebels in December 2013. The M23 Rebels had made serious gains against the DRC government forces.

The UN intervention brigade is also supporting the Congolese government forces against Congolese Based Ugandan based Rebels, the Allied Democratic forces (ADF).

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