U.N. Authorizes Congo Intervention Force

    A group of displaced Congolese gather around fish being smoked in Mugunga in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on November 23, 2012. Fresh fighting yesterday between M23 rebels and government troops in Sake caused tens of thousands to flee the area yesterday, taking refuge in Mugunga.  The M23 rebels on Tuesday captured Goma, and a day later the nearby town of Sake, displacing tens of thousands of people and raising concerns of a looming humanitarian catastrophe in the area, which has a long history of unrest. AFP PHOTO/PHIL MOORE        (Photo credit should read PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    In hopes of “decisively countering the destructive” violence that has plagued the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo since the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the United Nations Security Council unanimously authorized a new “intervention brigade” in Congo on Thursday. The resolution came with an unprecedented mandate to take military action against rebel groups, whether it be alone or with Congolese troops. The brigade, however, will be established for only one year “on an exceptional basis and without creating a precedent.”

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