Uganda-DRC joint offensive against ISIS franchise


Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo are continuing to pursue a joint military offensive launched late last month against┬áthe Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a rebel group that is now said to be integrated into the┬áIslamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP). The ironically named ADF has carried out a string of recent attacks in Uganda, and has for years been terrorizing the DRC’s┬áNorth Kivu province. The Ugandan and DRC militaries say they have┬ácaptured some 35 fighters and “neutralized”┬áfour rebel camps in the province. The campaign has included air raids and┬áartillery strikes. (AfricaNews, Al Jazeera)

An analysis by the Pretoria-based┬áInstitute for Security Studies Africa notes that the French firm Total┬áthis year had to┬ásuspend┬áoperations at its natural gas facility in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province┬ádue to an ISCAP-linked insurgency. The French major is now looking hopefully to the┬áTilenga┬áoil and gas fields, on Uganda’s border with the DRC.┬áThe ┬áTilenga project, which seeks to exploit reserves lying under┬áLake Albert, is being developed in a┬ájoint venture┬áthe China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC). ISS Africa asks: “Will Total confront another Islamic State-linked insurgency in Uganda?”

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  1. Suicide attack in DR Congo’s North Kivu

    A suicide bomber has attacked a restaurant in the Democratic Republic of the CongoÔÇÖs eastern city of Beni, North Kivu province, killing at least five people and himself. Officials blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) for the attack. (Al Jazeera)