KAHUNGA position,  6 km North of the town of  KIWANJA, where the Radar of RDF Forces was located.

On Saturday February 17, 2024, while the African Union was holding a Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the United States Government strongly condemned the worsening violence and war crimes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) committed  by the Rwandan Defense Forces (RDF) troops under the cover of M23 rebels.  Now, a few days later, on February 20, 2024 the French Government has  leaned into the same direction, with the same unambiguous tone. The strong condemnations by the US  and the French Governments  have fueled the expectations  on the next steps of actions  by the international community and world powers against the top Rwandan government and military leaders.

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KAHUNGA position,  6 km North of the town of  KIWANJA, where the Radar of RDF Forces was located.

On Saturday February 17, 2024, while the African Union was holding a Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the United States Government strongly condemned the worsening violence and war crimes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) committed  by the Rwandan Defense Forces (RDF) troops under the cover of M23 rebels. The condemnation followed the recent incursions of Rwandan troops  into the city of Sake, a few kilometers from the city of Goma, the capital of North-Kivu province,  the killings of South African National Defence Force (SANDF) peace keeping soldiers in DRC under the SAMIDRC, and the shooting of FARDC aircrafts  and  civilians planes  using drones. With the strong condemnations by the US Government, the questions have shifted to the next steps of actions  against the Rwandan government and military leaders.

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KAHUNGA position,  6 km North of the town of  KIWANJA, where the Radar of RDF Forces was located.

On Monday Feb 12, 2024,  the South African government confirmed its decision to deploy more South African National Defense Force (SANDF) troops,  increasing its contribution to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) force to help the Congolese forces, FARDC, in their fight against the armed groups in eastern Congo ( see here DR Congo: More Aggressive Protests Against Western Governments as UN Confirms Invasion by Rwandan Troops and South Africa Sends More Troops).

As the south African troops were being deployed, the Rwandan Defense Force (RDF) troops, under the cover of the M23 rebels, launched bombs on  the military camps of SANDF,  killing 2 south African  soldiers and wounding a number of other troops(see pictures at the bottom).  The attack has fueled questions on whether RDF are ready to  directly confront SANDF.

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South Africa Special Forces Training

Since Friday Feb 9, 2024 Congolese protesters in Kinshasa have been calling on the West to stop supporting the invasion of Eastern DR Congo by Rwandan troops, under the cover of M23 rebels.  As the Congolese police has been trying to control the protests and avoid violence, two developments happened.  Despite the denials by Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame and his ministers, a new United Nations document revealed that M23 rebels are using arms provided by the Rwandan government and military. Then,  South African government confirmed its decision to deploy more troops to increase its contribution to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) force, to fight armed groups in eastern Congo.

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