Why MONUSCO Should Focus on Protection Instead of Going Back on the Offensive

In the Press | January 3, 2018 | ,

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Fourteen UN peacekeepers were killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo earlier this month, in what is being called the “worst attack” on the UN in recent history.

The death toll is the highest since a 1993 gun battle in Mogadishu, and adds to the hundreds of UN peacekeepers killed in Congo to date.

Senior UN officials have been quick to lay the blame for the Dec. 8 attack on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a rebel group responsible for some of the worst recent massacres in eastern Congo.

Since 2015, MONUSCO (the U.N. Peacekeeping Mission) has targeted the ADF for neutralization, deploying attack helicopters, heavy artillery and hundreds of troops in a series of joint operations with the Congolese army…

Read the rest of this op-ed in The Hill here.