UPDF Withdraws Troops from Central African Republic

UPDF has started withdrawing its troops which have been serving in Central African Republic (CAR) under the U.S.-backed operations against Lords Resistance Army rebels.

About 31 UPDF soldiers landed at Gulu Airfield in Gulu District on Tuesday and Wednesday in the on-going military withdraws.

According to 4th Infantry Division Spokesperson Lt Hassan Kato, UPDF is set to withdraw all its soldiers from CAR.

Brigadier Joseph Katsigazi, the UPDFs’ Chief of Staff received some of the soldiers at Gulu Airfield.

Uganda put its boots on the ground in CAR in 2009 after it was reported that the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels were causing instability in the densely forested western town of Obo.
In 2010, U.S. government deployed 100 of its Special Forces soldiers to support the UPDF in intelligence gathering on LRA activities in CAR.

Forces from DR Congo, South Sudan and CAR were supposed to contribute troops under Regional Task Force (RTF) also to under the African Union to boost the fight against LRA.

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