Katanga    
Shaba


The southernmost province of Zaire. When Belgium granted independence to the Belgian Congo in 1960, Katanga seceded from the new state. After a bitter struggle, the Katangan regime was defeated by the central government with U.N. support. In early 1977, Katangan forces, based in Angola, launched an invasion of the province. 

After a rapid initial advance, the Katangese were defeated by forces of the Zairian government, with the support of Moroccan troops and aid from the United States and other Western powers.

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