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U.N. sending 'offensive' brigade to Democratic Republic of Congo

By CNN Staff
updated 8:52 PM EDT, Thu March 28, 2013
U.N. peacekeepers look at M23 rebel positions on the outskirts of Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, on November 18.
U.N. peacekeepers look at M23 rebel positions on the outskirts of Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, on November 18.
Child of war practices peace in the DRC

(CNN) -- The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday to deploy about 3,100 peacekeepers to a restive region in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the U.N. announced.

The intervention brigade will carry out targeted offensive operations and attempt to neutralize armed groups, the U.N. said in a statement.

The force will be based in the North Kivu province in the eastern part of the country. Government forces are battling a rebel group there called M23.

Fighting between the M23 and the army has displaced close to a million people in the province and more than 300,000 in the southeastern province of Katanga, the United Nations has said.

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