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The corpse of a Congolese government soldier lies on a road linking the provisional capital Goma with Sake, in eastern Congo, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. The soldier was killed after government forces retreated from an assault on Goma by the M23 rebels, who successfully captured the strategic city on Tuesday. Thousands of Congolese soldiers and policemen defected to the M23 rebels Wednesday, as rebel leaders vowed to take control of all Congo, including the capital Kinshasa.(AP Photo/Marc Hofer)

Rebel uprising in Congo

A rebel group believed to be backed by Rwanda seized the strategic, provincial capital of Goma in eastern Congo on Nov. 20, in a development that threatens to spark a new, regional war, officials said. Democratic Republic

of the Congo (DRC) has been marked by widespread violence and atrocities that

continue to threaten regional stability.