U.N. Congo intervention force already in trouble.

By the Blouinn News World staff

The United Nations’ new intervention brigade in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been fighting M23 rebels for less than a week and it’s already running into major problems. It was announced on Monday that an investigation had been opened into reports that U.N. troops opened fire on civilian protesters in the eastern city of Goma, a charge that could seriously undermine the position of the fledgling campaign.

With one of the strongest mandates ever granted to a United Nations force, the intervention brigade was set to counter long-standing criticisms over the perceived helplessness in the face of rebel violence on the part of the existing 17,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force in the DRC.

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