Congo Rebels End Conflict

    A M23 soldier stands guard in the village of Kimbuba, in a M23 rebel-held territory, in the Democratic Republic of Congo on July 25, 2013. Rebels claimed on July 24, 2013 that they had killed more than 400 army troops since fighting resumed ten days ago in the Democratic Republic of Congo's volatile east, as each side accused the other of new attacks. AFP PHOTO / JUNIOR  D. KANNAH        (Photo credit should read JUNIOR D.KANNAH/AFP/Getty Images)


    Is this the first step to peace? Congo’s M23 rebels announced that their 20-month rebellion is over hours after government forces won two key victories early Tuesday. The rebels were cornered in in the hills along the border with Uganda and Rwanda. But there are still some 20 armed groups operating in Congo’s lawless state—including the Rwandan Hutu FDLR rebels, which include some Hutus who fled Rwanda after the 1994 genocide. “In a region that has suffered so much, this is obviously a positive step in the right direction,” said Russell Feingold, a special envoy to the Congo and the Great Lakes region.

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