West News Wire: Kenyan soldiers who were sent to the volatile eastern Congo under the aegis of a regional grouping have just arrived. Government forces are engaged in combat with a fierce rebel group that has taken over some territory there.

The soldiers will eventually be transferred to the eastern Congo alongside up to 903 soldiers from Kenya and other East African nations.

At the international airport in Nairobi, the head of Kenya’s armed forces, Gen. Robert Kibochi, bid the soldiers farewell and asked them to follow orders while on duty.

We are renowned for upholding the law everywhere we go. Wherever you go, respect the defense chiefs, said Kibochi.

The Kenyan forces will be based in Goma, eastern Congo’s largest city and the capital of North Kivu province, where M23 rebels and Congolese troops clashed heavily on Friday.

Congolese authorities accuse Rwanda of supporting the rebels, which Rwanda denies.

Kenyan President William Ruto described the Congo mission as “necessary and urgent” for regional security.

The East African Community regional force, which heads of state agreed to in June, also will include two battalions from Uganda, two from Burundi and one from South Sudan, led by a Kenyan commander,.

Violence by armed groups in eastern Congo has led to a diplomatic crisis between Congo and Rwanda, with the two neighboring countries accusing each other of backing hostile armed groups.

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