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Vol 38 No 6

Published 14th March 1997


Congo-Kinshasa

A bend in the river

The coming fall of Kisangani is concentrating minds on who and what comes after Mobutu

Even government officials say it is only a matter of time before Zaïre's third city, Kisangani, and the military headquarters based there fall into rebel hands. Rebels have approached on three axes to the north, north-east but with the bulk of their troops heading from the south-east. The government's Forces Armées Zaïroises (FAZ) has withdrawn its three newly acquired Czech fighter planes (flown by Serbian pilots on recent bombing raids) from the international airport, 17 kilometres out of town and in the rebels' path should they advance from the north east.

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