ZAIRE: A Little Help from His Friends

That murky little war in Zaire entered a new phase last week. For more than a month, President Mobutu Sese Seko has been begging for outside help to stem an invasion of Zaire's southern Shaba region by Angola-based Katangese rebels (TIME, April 18). All of a sudden, aid for Mobutu's regime was pouring in. Morocco sent 1,500 troops and promised 1,500 more to bolster Zaire's seemingly ineffectual 30,000-man army. France airlifted the Moroccans' equipment, along with a handful of French instructors, to Zaire. China contributed supplies, and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat sent...

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