Ugandan troops fighting Islamist insurgency in D.R. Congo to be withdrawn

The military in Uganda says it will withdraw hundreds of troops it sent last year to help neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo combat an Islamist insurgency.

Ugandan land forces commander Muhoozi Kainerugaba said the operation was intended to last for six months and would end by next month unless an extension was agreed.

Authorities of DR Congo said the terms and timeline for the Ugandan withdrawal would need to be agreed by both countries.

In December last year, Uganda sent one thousand seven hundred soldiers to take part in the joint operation with Congolese troops against rebels known as the Allied Democratic Forces, who are accused of carrying out raids and massacres in eastern Congo and bombings in Uganda