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Lack of UN aircraft said to hurt DRC fight against rebels

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s fight against a Rwandan rebel group, some of whom participated in the 1994 genocide, has apparently been hampered by a lack of UN aircraft. The UN has a large peacekeeping force in the lawless, but mineral-rich, DRC, which is about the size of Western Europe. UN member states were meant to donate the aircraft, but have not come up with the goods. Numerous countries have been involved in fighting in the DRC since the death of dictator Mobutu Sese Seko in 1997. The UN Security Council voted last year to send 3,000 more troops and additional aircraft to help stamp out more than a decade of conflict. Read more: Reuters, GlobalSecurity.org, UN, CNN

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