DRC rebel leader Laurent Nkunda, the head of the National Council for the Defence of the People (CNDP), speaks to a CNDP colleague during a rally in the North Kivu town of Rutshuru, which his forces captured from government troops in October 2008. Nkunda, who says he is defending the rights of eastern DRC’s Tutsi minority, was a senior member of the Rwanda-backed rebel group that rose up against Kinshasa in 1998, igniting a war that drew in half a dozen regional countries and lasted until 2003. He has since resisted attempts to have his men integrated into a new national army. The DRC government indicted him for war crimes in 2005.
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