Congo's army continues slow advance against M23 rebels after days of fighting

Congo's government forces continued their slow advance in a fourth day of fighting against M23 rebels near the eastern Congolese city of Goma.

An intelligence officer said front-line units had moved forward 300 meters (328 yards) by mid-afternoon after two hours of shelling on both sides.

The M23 rebels, who seized Goma last November but eventually withdrew, now seem to be heavily outgunned by the army, which pounded their positions with helicopters, tanks and artillery. The group is widely believed to be backed by Rwanda, though the country has consistently denied support.

Jules Akili, who traveled 32 kilometers (20 miles) through the M23 zone on Wednesday and crossed to the government side told AP he had seen few M23 fighters along the route, which had been guarded by rebel police.