Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Alert: Congo rebels accuse Angola, Zimbabwe

Rebels in Congo are accusing Angola and Zimbabwe of mobilizing troops to fight in Congo in a repeat of a 1998-2002 war that drew in armies from a half-dozen African nations.

Rebel spokesman Bertrand Bisimwa has offered no proof of the allegation, which Zimbabwe denies. Angola has not yet commented.

Congo's government appealed last week for help from longtime ally Angola.

A resurgence of Congo's long-running fighting on August displaced some 250,000 people, but has since subsided.

The conflict is fueled by tensions left over from Rwanda's 1994 genocide. In 1998 the war sucked in a half-dozen countries. Angola and Zimbabwe fought for Congo in exchange for access to copper and diamond concessions. Rwanda and Uganda backed rival rebel factions