The Congo: The Road to Fizi

When the fighting against the Congolese rebels tailed off six months ago, Premier Moise Tshombe knew the war was not fully won. His troops had never dared attack the Simbas' mountain redoubt of Fizi, located high above Lake Tanganyika and reachable only by roads so narrow and precipitous that they are impassable during rainstorms. Led by Castro Cuban advisers and supplied with Red Chinese arms ferried in from Tanzania to the lake port of Baraka, the 5,500-man ragtag rebel force was roaming at will through a 200-sq.-mi. patch of the eastern Congo, cutting roads, murdering and terrorizing the population....

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