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  • The 2009 Eastern Congo offensive was a joint Congo-Rwanda military offensive against the Hutu FDLR rebel group descended from those groups that carried out the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Two operations were carried out, 'Kimia II' and 'Umoja Wetu.' 'Kimia' can be translated as 'calm.' “Umoja Wetu” is Swahili for “Our Unity”. Rwanda and the DRC made an agreement to rout out elements of the FDLR from eastern Congo. On January 20, 2009, 1,000 Rwandan soldiers poured over the border into eastern Congo near Goma and were working, according to United Nations officials, as advisers for the Congolese troops. On January 23, 2009, some rebels had started to surrender to Rwandan and Congolese troops. First reports of fighting came on January 24, when the Congolese army reported they killed nine FDLR militiamen. In response the rebels claimed they didn't lose any men and that the Congolese military itself suffered nine soldiers killed and one wounded in a clash with a group of Mai-Mai militiamen. By...
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