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Rwandan troops enter Democratic Republic of Congo

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Rwandan troops entered the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday to tackle a Rwandan Hutu militia whose leaders are accused of taking part in the 1994 Rwandan genocide before fleeing to Congo. The troop movement takes place under a pact with the Congolese government and is the result of a Dec. 5, 2008, agreement between the countries to root out conflict in eastern Congo. Some observers fear a humanitarian disaster is in the offing because of poor military planning and coordination with the international community.

About 2,000 Rwandan troops entered eastern Congo early on Tuesday morning to hunt the Rwandan Hutu militia Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), reports Bloomberg.

According to the BBC, Rwanda and Congo agreed to take joint action against the FDLR last month.

According to, there are between 15,000 and 20,000 FDLR troops in Congo.


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