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Cablegate: Situation Report for Drc - November 10, 2008,

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL MOPS PHUM PREF KPKO CG
SUBJECT: SITUATION REPORT FOR DRC - NOVEMBER 10, 2008,
AS OF 5:30 PM CENTRAL AFRICAN TIME (GMT +1)

1. (U) All times Kinshasa (GMT + 1) unless otherwise indicated.

2. (U) The items contained in this situation report consist
principally of spot information from various sources. This report
is not exhaustive, nor can all the information contained therein be
confirmed at this time.

Security Situation in Goma and Surrounding Area
--------------------------------------------- --

3. (SBU) A MONUC contact told Poloff on November 10 that the U.N.
thus far has no concrete evidence of Angolan troops operating in
North Kivu, as has been reported in the press. She noted that,
while it is true that there are Portuguese-speaking soldiers in
North Kivu, they are actually Congolese trained by Angolan
instructors. Furthermore, MONUC has been told that an FARDC unit
known as the "Katangan Tigers," which is deployed in the area, had
been living in Angola for a time, and some of its members had
apparently 'lost' their French. Furthermore, Congolese soldiers
trained by Angola are known in the popular lexicon as "the
Angolans."

4. (U) Press reporting notes that an off-duty Senegalese
peacekeeper in civilian clothes was shot dead in Goma November 7 by
a gunman believed to be a FARDC soldier. A U.N. official quoted in
the article said that the attack appeared to be a botched robbery of
a group of off-duty Senegalese peacekeepers by Congolese soldiers.

Next Report
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5. (U) Embassy will continue to closely monitor the issues
connected to the crisis in North Kivu but, barring unforeseen
circumstances, the next situation report will not be issued before
Wednesday, November 12, due to the Veterans' Day holiday.

BROCK

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