The U.S. Embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reopened Tuesday after being closed when U.S. operatives obtained intelligence that an ISIS affiliate may be planning an attack on American assets in the region. According to US authorities in DRC, the reason for the closure was due to a threat from ISIS-affiliated groups in the central African country.
In recent months, the rebel group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) that operates in Uganda and DRC has been stepping up its attacks in the country against civilian and security agencies targets.
In October 2017, a video was circulated on ISIS-affiliated media that showed a call to the youths to join jihad in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Central Africa believed to have been shot in Beni area in North Kivu Province in the eastern part of the country. The video is believed to have been the first step in the establishment of the Islamic State in Central Africa.
Thus, the current upsurge of attacks by the ADF rebels is a likely way to prove their formidability to ISIS Central and as such making them very dangerous as they could expose the region to a greater threat from ISIS.