Following months of heated exchanges between international observers and Rwandan officials, a U.N. investigative body leveled its most detailed and controversial accusations over alleged Rwandan support for the Congolese M23 rebels in a report leaked Tuesday. The document claims that Rwanda's defense minister exercises direct command over the rebel group, with the Ugandan government also implicated.

New U.N. Charges Linking Rwanda to DRC Rebel Group Heat Up Regional Tensions

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KAMPALA, Uganda -- Following months of heated exchanges between international observers and Rwandan officials, a United Nations investigative body leveled its most detailed and controversial accusations over alleged Rwandan support for the Congolese M23 rebels in a 44-page report leaked late Tuesday.

The document claims that Rwandan Defense Minister Gen. James Kabarebe exercises direct command over the rebel group. Formerly integrated into the Congolese army, M23 launched a mutiny in April, carving a significant swathe of territory out of the volatile, crisis-prone eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo ever since. ...

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