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In 1978, on May 12, rebels, supported by Angola, occupied the city. The government of Zaire asked the U.S., France and Belgium to restore the order. 700 Africans and 170 Europeans died.
Kolwezi was home to one of the French Foreign Legions biggest exploits. The 2rep, the elite paratroopers of the FFL, were sent in to pacify the local militia, and succeeded despite tremendous odds. Kolwezei lives on in FFL mystique
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