South African/ UN Mortar Fires On M23 Rebels, Democratic Republic of Congo

This video shows a combined South African Defense Force and United Nations element firing on Rwanda-backed M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The large number of soldiers around the mortar suggests some training occurring, or that the M23 forces have no means to return indirect fire, or both.


While it has been suggested that the mix of gear indicates that this may not be an officially sanctioned UN operation, South Africa is part of the UN’s force that does offensive operations, and thus doesn’t wear the iconic/infamous blue gear. In addition, the UN presence in fighting the M23 rebels is in process of being handed over almost entirely to South Africa, which will make UN Blue even rarer going forward.


The M23 rebels (aka Congolese Revolutionary Army) are a ethnically Tutsi force that are backed and led by the Rwandan military. They seek to destabilize and overthrow the Democratic Republic of Congo, in a conflict that has been sporadic since approximately 2012. The US, UN, and South Africa have repeatedly condemned Rwanda’s involvement and demanded the Rwandans withdraw support, but these condemnations have gone unheeded.


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Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


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This video shows a combined South African Defense Force and United Nations element firing on Rwanda-backed M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The large number of soldiers around the mortar suggests some training occurring, or that the M23 forces have no means to return indirect fire, or both.


While it has been suggested that the mix of gear indicates that this may not be an officially sanctioned UN operation, South Africa is part of the UN’s force that does offensive operations, and thus doesn’t wear the iconic/infamous blue gear. In addition, the UN presence in fighting the M23 rebels is in process of being handed over almost entirely to South Africa, which will make UN Blue even rarer going forward.


The M23 rebels (aka Congolese Revolutionary Army) are a ethnically Tutsi force that are backed and led by the Rwandan military. They seek to destabilize and overthrow the Democratic Republic of Congo, in a conflict that has been sporadic since approximately 2012. The US, UN, and South Africa have repeatedly condemned Rwanda’s involvement and demanded the Rwandans withdraw support, but these condemnations have gone unheeded.


About the Author

Author's Photo

Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


Need a tried-and-tested fixed blade that's trusted by police, military and protective service users all over the world? Cole recommends Ironside Edge Works for your tactical or EDC blade needs.

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