Uganda, DR Congo joint military operations on positive progress

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Democratic Republic of Congo military personnel (FARDC) patrol against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) near Beni in North-Kivu province, File. REUTERS/Kenny Katombe/File Photo

 The Ugandan military said Sunday that its joint military operations with the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels are yielding great results.

   Col. Deo Akiiki, Uganda’s deputy military spokesperson, told Xinhua over the telephone that several rebel group bases in eastern DRC have been destroyed and the terrorists are running in disarray in smaller groups.

   “The results are self-evident. Many of the ADF camps, which were scattered all over eastern DRC, are now destroyed and they (rebels) are in the run-in small groups which we are decimating every day,” said Akiiki. “Many of the top (ADF) commanders are being killed. We have been picking them one by one since the operation began.”

   Ugandan troops, together with their DRC counterparts, launched joint attacks on the rebel group in November 2022.

   The Uganda People’s Defense Forces troops on Thursday ambushed and killed five ADF rebels, and recovered four submachine guns, several rounds of ammunition, improvised explosive devices and communication equipment in Ituri province, eastern DRC.

   Jacob Oboth Oboth, Uganda’s minister of State for Defense, told parliament in January that 424 ADF terrorists were killed, 81 captured, 115 abductees rescued, 118 firearms with assorted ammunition and 10 improvised explosive devices recovered from the rebel group between November 2022 and January 2023.

   The ADF, also a branch of the Islamic State in central Africa, has been holed up in the jungles of eastern DRC.

   The rebel group is blamed for causing havoc and mounting attacks in North Kivu and Ituri provinces in eastern DRC.  Enditem

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