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U.N. attack helicopters hit rebels in eastern Congo
Yahoo! News ^ | 11/17/12 | Jonny Hogg | Reuters

Posted on 11/17/2012 1:51:23 PM PST by NormsRevenge

KINSHASA (Reuters) - United Nations attack helicopters hit rebel positions in eastern Congo on Saturday after insurgents gained ground in heavy fighting with government troops, the U.N. said.

The clashes to the south of the town Kibumba mean the rebels have advanced to within 30 km (18 miles) of Goma, the closest they have been to North Kivu's provincial capital since a rebellion exploded in the eastern provinces eight months ago.

North Kivu governor Julien Paluku said the army retreated to the southern outskirts of the town after M23 rebels - a group of soldiers who mutinied in April - advanced with support from neighbouring Rwanda. A Congolese government statement claimed 4,000 Rwandans had crossed the border.

Rwanda rejected the accusations, the latest in a string of charges by the Congolese government in Kinshasa. The Rwandan government called on Congo's army and the rebels to halt the fighting as shells were landing in its territory.

The French mission at the United Nations in New York said it had called for an emergency meeting at the Security Council on the situation in Congo for 2000 GMT on Saturday.

More than five million people are estimated to have died from violence, hunger and disease in wars in Congo since 1998. It is the deadliest conflict since World War Two.

U.N. experts have said in reports they have evidence that Rwanda has supported the M23 rebels in eastern Congo. They have called on the Security Council to impose sanctions on Rwandan officials in response.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: attack; congo; france; helicopters; m23; rebels; rwanda; unitednations; waronterror
no surprise, the ongoing UN mission to bring peace and prosperity to the Dark Continent no matter how many people they have to kill on either side to do it continues.. Hard to choose sometimes between repressive gubamint or rebels with machetes and ak47s... or worse yet, UN monitored territory which we may someday become

Folks that remember history , say 50 to 60 years ago may remember the bang up jobs they did in the Congo.. shades of 'Benghazi'esque behavior much like Rwanda and how the UN and Clinton regime held their tongues and turned its head when genocide was the order of the day there..

If the UN lives to be 100 , God only knows how many won't make it to 50 , the new 30

1 posted on 11/17/2012 1:51:28 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

United Nations has attack helicopters?


2 posted on 11/17/2012 1:58:42 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eatl my dog!)
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To: NormsRevenge
U.N. attack helicopters hit rebels in eastern Congo Colorado

Future headline

3 posted on 11/17/2012 2:02:49 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Wait just a minute...the U.N. has attack helicopters but yet they want to take our guns away? just sayin’!


4 posted on 11/17/2012 2:06:03 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eatl my dog!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks NormsRevenge.
after insurgents gained ground in heavy fighting with government troops... the rebels have advanced to within 30 km (18 miles) of Goma, the closest they have been to North Kivu's provincial capital since a rebellion exploded in the eastern provinces eight months ago.

5 posted on 11/17/2012 2:08:37 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: ColdOne

so are we going to “side with the muslimbs” ?


6 posted on 11/17/2012 2:09:14 PM PST by Einherjar ( Asking only workman's wages I come looking for a job But I get no offers...)
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To: ColdOne
The U.N. doesn't have attack choppers. Rather, the national military units pledged to the U.N. mission in the Congo do. A quick Google search seems to indicate that the helicopters belong to the Ukraine, which has four Mi-24s stationed there.

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7 posted on 11/17/2012 2:15:02 PM PST by JerseyanExile
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To: NormsRevenge

Which side is which?

Why is the UN taking sides anyways?


8 posted on 11/17/2012 2:17:40 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: JerseyanExile

Thank you for info.


9 posted on 11/17/2012 2:28:56 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eatl my dog!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“U.N. attack helicopters hit rebels in eastern Congo Colorado
Future headline”

the original RED DAWN movie was here in colorado. i may have to do a white un helo. already did a couple of canadian warwheels, 6x6 COUGAR and 8x8 LAV-III in UN white. maybe the next woill be a russian BTR-60 with a 120mm heat round hole in the side and some blue helmets scattered about.


10 posted on 11/17/2012 2:29:28 PM PST by bravo whiskey
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To: NormsRevenge

Which is the islamist side?


11 posted on 11/17/2012 2:34:57 PM PST by onedoug
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To: bravo whiskey

There has been bloodshed and violence in Congo since I can remember. I’d say that the only thing that’ll save Congo is a healthy dose of recolonization. The Belgians were pretty brutal, but there wasn’t any of this wholesale slaughter.


12 posted on 11/17/2012 2:43:56 PM PST by Ax ("Bring the Pikes Together for the Risin' o' the Moon.")
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To: Ax

It is more likely that Belgium will become a colony of the Congo than the other way round.


13 posted on 11/17/2012 2:46:23 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: NormsRevenge

U.N. attack helicopters hit rebels in eastern Chicago

Caught that title in my peripheral vision on a screen glance.


14 posted on 11/17/2012 2:49:01 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: bravo whiskey

I could walk to the FEMA headquarters for the Southwest.


15 posted on 11/17/2012 2:54:36 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: JerseyanExile

That looks like a nice target.


16 posted on 11/17/2012 3:02:52 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (There goes the dominoes...)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

17 posted on 11/17/2012 4:05:42 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

18 posted on 11/17/2012 4:10:26 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Ax
There has been bloodshed and violence in Congo since I can remember. I’d say that the only thing that’ll save Congo is a healthy dose of recolonization. The Belgians were pretty brutal, but there wasn’t any of this wholesale slaughter.

I suspect that the Belgians had a correct estimate of the level of force needed to keep things under control there.

19 posted on 11/17/2012 4:12:50 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (political correctness is communist thought control, disguised as good manners)
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To: bert

It’s equally likely that Belgium will be swallowed up by the Moslems. Sad to see a civilized country fall into that trap. My late mother-law-was born there so my wife is half Belgian. I drove through it one afternoon.


20 posted on 11/17/2012 4:53:07 PM PST by Ax ("Bring the Pikes Together for the Risin' o' the Moon.")
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To: PapaBear3625

I’ve read a few accounts of the struggle for independence. I’ll bet there were a lot of Congolais that were perfectly happy with the ancien regime.


21 posted on 11/17/2012 4:57:05 PM PST by Ax ("Bring the Pikes Together for the Risin' o' the Moon.")
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To: NormsRevenge

In the early ‘60’s, the UN took the wrong side in the Congo, and they are still reaping the rewards of that ill-gotten harvest. They should have backed Tshombe in the Katanga Revolt, and we would have seen a wealthy, pro-western power in the heart of Africa instead of the tribal carnage we have now.


22 posted on 11/17/2012 5:39:43 PM PST by coolbreeze (giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teen-age boys.)
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To: Ax

too bad that WWI and WWII chewed up so many Europeans.

population will expand to fill the vacuum.


23 posted on 11/17/2012 6:09:39 PM PST by RitchieAprile (the obsteperous gentleman..)
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To: RitchieAprile

The European powers had enough manpower between the World Wars to continue their hold on the colonies in Africa, the subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The European hold on Africa began to loosen in the 50s and 60s when “the winds of change” began to blow, and Africa exploded. There were a few peaceful transitions of power, and the occupying powers managed to leave their mark, culturally, on their former colonies.


24 posted on 11/17/2012 6:41:38 PM PST by Ax ("Bring the Pikes Together for the Risin' o' the Moon.")
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To: Ax

well thats just it. all this emigration we see is a result of the prior colonial expansions and the wars in other continents.

the reason the UK is turning into Northwest Asia is because of Raj. the reason France is turning into Mahgreb North is because of 1800’s colonialism. The reason the US has pockets of Viets, Cambodians, Hmongs, and Somalis is because of our own little wars. These places lose their best minds to EU UK and US, and are left with second tier intellects to run their affairs with the usual predictable results.


25 posted on 11/17/2012 6:49:06 PM PST by RitchieAprile (the obsteperous gentleman..)
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To: RitchieAprile

Those European powers - and now the US - are paying the price of empire. I left the UK in 1974 after five years and even in those days, the place looked like Quetta.


26 posted on 11/17/2012 7:37:56 PM PST by Ax ("Bring the Pikes Together for the Risin' o' the Moon.")
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