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n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - Tanzania's military gambit in the DRC - : East Africa - issue in focus

Volume 2013, Issue 08
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Abstract

Tanzania's deployment in mid-2013 of a brigade-plus force (1,000 troops) into the Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) aimed at toppling the M23 and other eastern rebel organisations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), is a momentous decision for both Tanzania and the United Nations (UN). It is designed towards frontline combat rather than defensive posture peace keeping, and the FIB itself represents a significant change in attitude towards the endemic violence being perpetrated by various rebel movements in the region.


For the Tanzanian military, the FIB is the culmination of intensive exercises and training with regional and international military partners and will, quite literally, be the first serious trial by fire for the East African state's forces. Tanzania will be partnered in this mission with another brigade-plus force from South Africa, the Sixth South African Infantry Formation (SAI). The SAI includes an unofficial paratrooper complement from the 44 Parachute Battalion involved in recent CAR fighting, as well as several attack helicopters. This is a significant amount of combat firepower devoted to a UN force, but one which could prove to be the deciding factor in ending M23's military presence in the region. For Tanzania, there are three major facts about the FIB from which they can already draw and that bear mentioning on the cusp of the commencement of their mission.

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2020-11-25

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