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How the U.N. Failed Congo

1 | CONGO

Nobody knows who, if anyone, will emerge the victor after rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo captured and then--after a week of enjoying its bars and banks--agreed to leave the city of Goma. But there is no doubt about the loser. Despite being the largest and most expensive U.N. peacekeeping mission, with 19,000 men in uniform and an annual cost of $1.4 billion, the U.N.'s Congo force, Monusco, did nothing to stop the rebels known as the M23 and made little effort to protect civilians. On Nov. 20, when Goma fell...

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