Use heat seeking/infra red missiles against Mortar Targets, they must not come within mortar range of towns

Updated 08:38 AM Nov 18, 2012
KINSHASA (Congo) – United Nations attack helicopters hit rebel positions in eastern Congo yesterday after insurgents equipped with sophisticated night-vision equipment and mortars gained ground in heavy clashes with government troops and took control of a town, the UN said.The clashes to the south of the town Kibumba meant the rebels have advanced to within 30 km of Goma, the closest they have been to North Kivu’s provincial capital since a rebellion exploded in the eastern provinces eight months ago.North Kivu Governor Julien Paluku said the army retreated to the southern outskirts of the town after M23 rebels – a group of soldiers who mutinied in April – advanced with support from neighbouring Rwanda. A Congolese government statement said 4,000 Rwandans had crossed the border, although Kinshasa later reduced that estimate to 3,500.

Rwanda rejected the accusations, the latest in a string of charges by the Congolese government in Kinshasa. The Rwandan government called on Congo’s army and the rebels to halt the fighting as shells were landing in its territory.

“Kibumba has fallen into the hands of the M23,” a spokesman for the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations said in an email. “Latest reports indicate that the FARDC (Congo’s army) and MONUSCO (UN) forces are attempting to hold off a possible M23 advance toward Goma at Kibati, some 20 km north of Goma.”

“We are not in a position to confirm direct Rwandan involvement in the M23 attacks,” the spokesman said. “However, we are very concerned by reports that the M23 attacking forces appear to be well-equipped and supplied.”

UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous told reporters that the M23 rebels have sophisticated equipment.

“They have night vision equipment which is precisely what allowed them to launch their offensive at 4 a.m. this morning against the FARDC,” he said. “They also have 120 mm mortars, which they did not have no so long ago.”

The peacekeeping spokesman said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Congo’s foreign minister, Raymond Tshibanda, to voice support for Kinshasa, and Rwandan President Paul Kagame to urge him to “use his influence on the M23 to help calm the situation and restrain the M23 from continuing their attack.” REUTERS

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Use ground troops to fortify positions to defend the towns, do not engage the rebels or there will be heavy casualties, use a relentless attack by air nonstop until they back off their positions.

– Contributed by Oogle.

 

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