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Congo fight continues despite successes

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, March 17 (UPI) -- A joint Congolese-Ugandan military operation targeting rebels has provided some relief, but more needs to be done, a U.N. official said.

Alan Doss, head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission, said that the three-month joint operation between the Congolese and Ugandan militaries proved successful at pushing many rebel Lord's Resistance Army members out of Congo.

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Despite the success, Doss said challenges remain on completely removing the LRA, whose militant operations have killed an estimated 900 Congolese and forced as many as 150,000 people to flee their homes, the United Nations reported.

"Operations in the current phase are finished, but there are more bands of LRA still here," Doss said in a statement.

"There is work to be done above all in the matter of the protection of the civilian population. ... Now, it's necessary to turn toward the future and the next operations."

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