Uganda ground troops enter DR Congo region

Ugandan ground troops have crossed into the Beni region of neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo to fight rebels linked to the Islamic State group, the BBC has learnt.

Both countries have confirmed that joint air and artillery strikes against ADF bases had begun.

The government in Kampala blames the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) for a series of recent bombings in the country.

The Ugandan opposition has strongly criticised the deployment which had not been approved by parliament.

Previous incursions, including one to South Sudan in 2013, had also not received parliamentary approval.

Uganda’s role in DR Congo has been extremely controversial with troops in the past fighting soldiers from Rwanda, carrying out atrocities and plundering the country’s natural resources.


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