The Congo: Elation for Moise

No one needed a victory more than Moise Tshombe, and last week he could revel in a big one. His army had retaken Albertville, the first major city captured by the rebels, who for more than two months had used its Lake Tanganyika port to ferry in arms and supplies from their headquarters in Burundi.

To soften up the city, B-26 fighter-bombers, piloted by anti-Castro Cubans supplied by Washington, relentlessly blasted strategic targets. Then a force of 1,000 Congolese army troops launched a two-prong invasion which caught the rebels by surprise. Coming from the north, one column overran the port area...

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