UN troops prepare offensive against DR Congo rebels

United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo sit on the back of a UN pick-up truck on October 23, 2014 in BeniUN troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo are taking up positions to support a planned offensive against Hutu rebels in the east after they ignored a deadline to surrender, a UN spokesman said. The rebels from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) were given until January 2 to give themselves up or face military action. “The UN mission has pre-positioned its troops and enablers to support offensive operations against the FDLR in keeping with its mandate,” said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric on Monday. UN mission chief Martin Kobler briefed the UN Security Council earlier Monday on the plan for the 20,000-strong MONUSCO force to support Congolese government troops in their military campaign.

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