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    DR Congo troops launch operations against Islamist rebels

    euronews (in English)

    by euronews (in English)

    Democratic Republic of Congo forces have attacked Ugandan Islamist rebels in the lawless east of the country.

    The UN-backed offensive has been launched to clear insurgents from the mineral-rich zone.

    Congolese government troops moved in on positions held by ADF-NALU rebels who have been based in Congo for years and are seen as a major obstacle to peace.

    The Ugandan government has said the group is allied with Somalia’s al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab movement. The nature of these ties is not clear, despite their clear Islamist ideology.

    Congolese officials hold the group responsible for a spate of attacks including a massacre of 21 villagers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.