Uganda will withdraw troops from neighboring DRC in two weeks, the military said on Tuesday.
Uganda and DRC launched a joint counterinsurgency operation late last year and are working together to to eliminate the armed group.
The government of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni dispatched hundreds of soldiers to eastern Congo in December to join the Congolese military in an attack on Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) bases .
“Operation Shujaa will officially cease in approximately 2 weeks as per our initial agreement,” tweeted Muhoozi Kainerugaba, commander of the Uganda Land Forces, using the codename Shujaa, which is Swahili for ‘hero’.< /p>
“It was supposed to take 6 months. Unless I receive further instructions from our Commander-in-Chief or CDF (Chief of Defense Forces), I will withdraw all our troops from DRC in two weeks,” he added.
No reason was given for this planned withdrawal of Uganda or the current status of the operation against the ADF.
Uganda’s deployment of at least 1,700 troops was the largest foreign intervention in Congo in over a decade, apart from a United Nations peacekeeping operation.
The ADF began as an insurgency in Uganda but has been based in Congo since the late 1990s. It swore allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) in mid-2019 and is accused of killing hundreds of villagers in frequent raids over the past two years.
Uganda blamed the group for the triple suicide attack of March 16, 2019. November responsible its capital Kampala, where seven people including the bombers were killed.