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Report: Congo rebels smuggling out $500 million a year in gold
Report: Congo rebels smuggling out $500 million a year in gold

M23 rebels in the lawless eastern reaches of the Democratic Republic of Congo have built alliances with local gangs to gain control of lucrative gold mines and smuggle out $500 million a year of the precious metal to finance their brutal attacks, a Washington-based human rights group reported Thursday. Despite M23 leader Bosco Ntaganda's surrender to war crimes investigators in The Hague this year, his co-commander has succeeded in reviving a brisk trade in "conflict minerals," according to the report by Enough, which bills its mission as ending genocide and crimes against humanity. De facto M23 commander Sultani Makenga has joined forces with armed groups -- including...

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