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Vol 39 No 24

Published 4th December 1998


Fighting rebels at home and abroad

After shopping for arms in Cairo and Christmas presents in London, President Mugabe faces a harsh homecoming

Created in 1980 from two of Africa’s most effective guerrilla forces, Zimbabwe’s national army is struggling in Congo-Kinshasa. Zimbabwean troops have tried five times to retake the strategic south-eastern town of Kabalo from local rebels and Ugandan troops. Each time, the better armed Zimbabwean forces repeated the same failed strategy; each time, they were repulsed.

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