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Troops from the 124th battalion desert to join dissident general

IRIN - September 12, 2005

The commander of the Democratic Republic of Congo's 8th Military Region, in the eastern province of North Kivu, said on Monday some 350 troops from the 124th battalion had defected to join a dissident army general, Laurent Nkunda.


UNHCR to begin repatriating 150,000 people from Tanzania

IRIN - September 12, 2005

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, will begin facilitating the repatriation of approximately 150,000 refugees from Tanzania to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on October 15, according to a statement it issued on Friday from Kinshasa.


Plane en route to kinshasa crashes in brazzaville, 14 dead

MISNA - September 10, 2005

An Antonov plane of the private Air Kasai' airline of the Democratic Republic of Congo crashed last night around 50km north of Brazzaville due to still unknown causes, killing 14 people, including 4 crewmembers.


Kinshasa confirms, after 30 september we will use force to expel rebels

MISNA - September 9, 2005

After 30 September the army of the Democratic Republic of Congo will begin using force to expel the rebel movements present in the east of the nation, stated Kasongo Kudura, spokesman for Congolese President Joseph Kabila.


General says dissident officer creating rebel force

IRIN - September 9, 2005

Laurent Nkunda, a dissident army general from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is in the process of recruiting a rebel force in the territory of Masisi, less than 100 km north of Goma, the provincial capital of North Kivu, according to the army commander in the region, Gabriel Amisi.


Army to start expelling foreign fighters on 30 September

IRIN - September 8, 2005

The army of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will on 30 September begin using force to expell all foreign rebel fighters in the country, a spokesman for President Joseph Kabila said on Thursday.


UN enlarges its mission during election period

IRIN - September 7, 2005

The UN Security Council on Monday authorised the temporary deployment of additional personnel and equipment to the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the country's general elections due in 2006.


Airplane crashes in the east, no survivors

MISNA - September 6, 2005

An old Antonov 26 aircraft crashed near the Isiro airport, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, killing all 11 people abord including 3 crew members and 8 passengers.


11 die in Isiro plane crash

IRIN - September 6, 2005

An Antonov 26 aircraft crashed at the town of Isiro in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northeastern province of Orientale, killing eleven people, a UN spokesman said.


Rwanda begins extraditing Congolese dissidents

IRIN - September 5, 2005

The Democratic Republic Congo (DRC) announced on Saturday that Rwanda had begun extraditing dissidents associated with a breakaway army general in eastern Congo, Laurent Nkunda.





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