UN Drones to Launch, Combat Rebel Fighters in Uganda

UN Drones to Launch, Combat Rebel Fighters in Uganda

From Voice of America

Uganda’s military is welcoming the deployment of UN drones over its border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Officers hope the drones will help combat a Ugandan rebel group, the ADF, that hides out in the eastern DRC.

The first two aerial drones were deployed by the UN on Tuesday over eastern Congo.  Their aim, said the UN , is to gather intelligence about rebel movements in the area, where a number of armed groups are still active.
Neighboring Uganda said it welcomed the move.  Paddy Ankunda, spokesman for the Ugandan Ministry of Defense, says he hopes the drones will help combat fighters from a Ugandan-led rebel movement, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
“If the drones are going to help us deal with the Allied Democratic Forces that are destabilizing our country, then we have no problem with that.  Our concerns are the negative forces based in eastern DRC that are destabilizing our western border,” said Ankunda.

Written by Hilary Heuler | Read more at  Voice of America