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Vol 41 No 18

Published 15th September 2000


Congo-Kinshasa

Soldiers of misfortune

Mercenaries and miners will play a key role in President Kabila's latest offensive

President Laurent-Désiré Kabila is increasingly relying on mercenary soldiers and bomber pilots as he prepares for a new round of fighting with the disparate rebel factions across the country. His once enthusiastic allies in Angola, Namibia and most of all, Zimbabwe, are immersed in local problems and losing patience with his gamesmanship with the United Nations and the Southern African Development Community. Kabila's allies have failed to reap much benefit from their military assistance.

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