U.N. Enters New Role Amid Fresh Congo Clashes


The U.N. seems determined not to repeat last November's disaster in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Then, thousands of Congolese soldiers and 1,500 Blue Helmets stood by as M23 rebels seized the eastern city of Goma. More than 2.6 million people have fled their homes since early 2012; tens of thousands more entered Uganda and Rwanda. After renewed army-rebel fighting in mid-July, the U.N. is on the offensive to prevent the return of M23, made up of army mutineers and deserters.

It's not the U.N.'s first authorization of lethal force,...

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