The attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Genocide and Covert Operations in Africa 1993–1999
Prepared Testimony and Statement of Wayne Madsen for Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights, 17 May 2001. The record of American policy in the DRC over most of the past decade. It is a policy that has rested, in my opinion, on the twin pillars of military aid, both overt and covert, and questionable trade. Presence of a U.S.-built military base near Cyangugu, Rwanda, near the Congolese border. The base, reported to have been partly constructed by the U.S. firm Brown & Root, a subsidiary of Halliburton, is said to be involved with training RPF forces and providing logistic support to their troops in the DRC.
French troops out of Congo!
Editorial, The Militant, 16 June 2003. The United Nations Security Council has approved sending up to 1,000 French troops to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The stated reason for the deployment, “peacekeeping,” could not be further from the truth.
European intervention in Bunia
By Tony Busselen, Solidaire, 30 June 2003. Introduction and translation by Richard K. Moore. The European Union this week is sending an intervention force to Bunia. 1,500 soldiers will safeguard the airfield and protect the population in the city and in the refugee camps against the terror of the militias. How should this be assessed?
French troops extend combat role in Congo
By Sam Manuel, The Militant, 28 July 2003. French soldiers were aggressively deployed against the RCD combatants and collaborated with armed forces of the RCD's rival, the Hema-dominated Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC). Bunia has been at the center of the five-year-long civil war, during which 3 million civilians have been killed. More than 80 percent of Bunia's population fled in the wake of fighting between ethnic Hema and Lendu fostered by the government and its opponents for control of the mineral rich region.
UN Troops Replace French Force in Congo's Bunia
By Dino Mahtani, Reuters, Washington Post, Saturday 30 August 2003. The French-led combat force, with over 1,000 troops, had been deployed in Bunia in June to protect civilians from attacks by ethnic Hema and Lendu militia. They are being replaced by Bangladeshi troops. People are reported to regret the reassurance provided by the French troops. The new U.N. force also has a mandate to deploy throughout Ituri, a province roughly the size of Sierra Leone, to restore security there.
Rich land, impoverished people
By G. Dunkel, Workers World, 13 July 2006. The United Nations has 17,000 soldiers in the Congo in an operation called MONUC. The European Union, in its first major foreign deployment, has sent 2,500 soldiers to back them up, calling its operation Eufor-RDC. German Defense Minister Franz-Joseph Jung said that the stability of this region rich in raw materials will be profitable for German industry.
Briton linked to Congo war crimes
By Jon Swain, The Sunday Times, 18 September 2006. The conflict in the DRC, by the time the war ended in 2003, had cost more than 3m lives. The civilian toll was the highest anywhere since the second world war. Contractor Avient's role was supposed to be logistical, but actually promoted Kabila by operating along and behind the enemy lines in support of ground troops and against the invading forces.