Congo Rebels Seize Goma

    Congolese government soldiers sit at the back of a pick-up truck mounted with an anti-aircraft gun in the city of Goma, in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, on November 18, 2012. Government soldiers were fleeing the eastern DR Congo city of Goma in large numbers today as rebels advanced to the gates of the regional capital after fresh fighting erupted in the area last week, a UN source said. AFP PHOTO / PHIL MOORE        (Photo credit should read PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    When airports fall, cities aren’t far behind. The M23 rebels, just seven months old, have blitzed the city of Goma in Congo, taking control of strategic spots on Tuesday. The rebels, a splinter group of ex-soldiers, had been fighting the U.N.-backed Congolese military. The mineral-rich eastern city is home to 1 million and is said to be one of the last bastions preventing a humanitarian catastrophe. The rebels claim to be fighting for the people, though it’s been reported that they are supported by Rwanda.

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