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UN Special Combat Force For Congo Approved

Congolese government policemen walk on December 4, 2012 alongside the runway near to a United Nations armoured personnel carr
Congolese government policemen walk on December 4, 2012 alongside the runway near to a United Nations armoured personnel carrier at the airport in Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, during a visit by Congo's interior minister. The airport was held by United Nations forces whilst M23 overran the city two weeks ago, before leaving on December 1. Government troops returned to the city on December 3. AFP PHOTO/PHIL MOORE (Photo credit should read PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)

UNITED NATIONS, March 28 (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council on Thursday approved the creation of a special combat force that is to carry out "targeted offensive operations" to neutralize armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The 15-member Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution establishing the so-called intervention brigade within the existing 20,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force in Congo, known as MONUSCO. (Reporting by Louis Charbonneau; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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