Inside Story

Ugandan troops launch operation in eastern DR Congo

Can Uganda help the DRC to defeat the Allied Democratic Forces armed group?

Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are joining forces to fight one of the most lethal armed groups in the DRC.

Ugandan soldiers have crossed into the DRC to take on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

The offensive began with air raids on Tuesday.

The group is blamed for violence in the eastern DRC that has led to hundreds being killed and thousands forced from their homes – with many taking refuge in neighbouring countries.

The violence is not just limited to the DRC.

Uganda says the ADF is responsible for several attacks on its soil, including three suicide bombings in Kampala last month.

Not everyone supports this mission.

Some in the DRC do not trust Uganda. They accuse Uganda and Rwanda of creating instability in their country.

So can the ADF be defeated?

Presenter: Halla Mohieddeen


Godber Tumushabe – Associate director, Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies

Nelleke van de Walle – Project director for the Great Lakes Region, International Crisis Group

David Otto – Counterterrorism expert