March 22, 1997 |
The Clinton administration reportedly is sending "several hundred" U.S. troops to western Africa to prepare for a possible evacuation of about 650 U.S. citizens from Zaire and has asked dependents of U.S. Embassy personnel to leave the strife-torn Central African nation. Speaking on condition of anonymity, Pentagon sources told the Associated Press that the U.S. forces had already begun their movement toward Africa as part of a "joint task force." They said up to 250 U.S.
September 26, 1991 |
Fearing further violence in Zaire, the Bush Administration began efforts Wednesday to evacuate Americans from the troubled Central African nation, where two days of rioting has left the center of the capital in ruins and an estimated 30 people dead. Earlier in the day, the Pentagon announced that Defense Secretary Dick Cheney had authorized a U.S. loan of several C-141 military transport planes to France to ferry more soldiers, supplies and equipment to Zaire.
January 30, 1993 |
At least 45 people have been killed in two days of rioting by soldiers in Zaire's devastated capital, the worst violence in 16 months in the central African country, aid workers said. Belgium and France said they were evacuating their 4,000 nationals from Zaire after the violence, in which at least three foreigners, including France's ambassador, were killed.
March 20, 1997 |
The United States, throwing its weight behind Zaire peace efforts, sent Assistant Secretary for African Affairs George Moose to join African leaders at a one-day summit on Zaire. The African leaders repeated a call for an immediate cease-fire to allow negotiations to end the war in Africa's third-largest country. The rebels, who were not invited, said the meeting would solve nothing.
March 24, 1997 |
Mobutu Sese Seko, Africa's longest-ruling dictator, solved one mystery here Sunday but immediately sparked another. The first was simple. The cancer-stricken president briefly met reporters, looking tired and frail. But he smiled and walked unaided, ending widespread speculation that he was dead or nearly so. "I am named Mobutu," he said softly, wearing his trademark leopard-skin cap and waving his silver-topped ebony cane at the crush of cameras and microphones.