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Congolese rebels on Goma's doorstep

One of the longest-running conflicts in Africa has flared up again. Civil war broke out in eastern Congo 16 years ago with neither side gaining a clear advantage. But now the M23 rebel movement has surrounded Goma, the region's most important city. Congolese government forces are fleeing and UN peace-keepers have pulled back to their military bases.

The rebels, led by a wanted war criminal and supported by neighbouring Rwanda and Uganda, have more than enough fire power to capture and hold the city. A report from the frontlines.  
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