Evan Gray, Blog Writer
Since January 2nd, the deadline for the surrender of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), UN and Congolese forces have begun preparations for a major military offensive against the Hutu rebel group, which has wreaked havoc in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since its formation in 2000. With the 3,000-strong United Nations Force Intervention Brigade and the Congolese armed forces (FARDC) readying to lead the assault against the 1,500 or so remaining FDLR rebels, the stage is set for a major confrontation. Yet, at the time of writing, the DRC’s president, Joseph Kabila, has still not signed off on the joint agreement that would allow UN and FARDC forces to begin their operation.
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