n Institute for Security Studies Papers - Congo-Brazzaville - the deep end of the pool

Volume 1999, Issue 41
  • ISSN : 1026-0404



Indications are that neither the militia forces loyal to Lissouba and Kolélas, nor the government forces supported by the present Angolan contingent have the capability to win the civil war in the Republic of the Congo. At present, it seems that rebel militias will continue with a protracted guerrilla war in the rural areas while the government and Angolan forces will defend Brazzaville and Pointe Noire. However, should the situation in Angola deteriorate, the withdrawal of the Angolan forces could become a reality that could lead to the deployment of a mercenary force in order for the government to survive.

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