US officials warn of chaos in DRC if President Kabila declines to surrender power
Thursday February 11 2016
Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila. PHOTO | TUTONDELE MIANKENDA | AFP
The US views the DRC as a strategically important nation in Africa due not only to its size but also because of its enormous mineral wealth.
Washington also fears that widespread fighting in the DRC could suck in neighbouring nations, as occurred between 1998 and 2003 when nine African states took part in what became known as the First African World War.