The UPDF spokesperson Brig. Flavia Byekwaso says the army shall not retreat from the ongoing Eastern DRC mission till its core goals are realized.
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Speaking this morning at one of the media interviews this Thursday morning, Byekwaso reiterates that the mission is likely to take longer than intended.
“We have a goal; as long as we haven’t attained that goal, we shall not withdraw. The goal is to see that Eastern DRC is freed from ADF and other militias. We shall leave Congo when this is accomplished,” she said. “We have just launched an operation. We shall give a full battle assessment when it is done, and you will get to know how many casualties were reported and how many rebels were arrested,” she reacted when asked about fatalities.
Byekwaso adds that the attack would have been even launched much more earlier. “This attack is something that we needed yesterday. We didn’t attack Congo; we only went into Congo to attack the ADF after lengthy discussions between the two governments,” she stated. “This is a joint operation, by the way. We have taken the battle and the war to where the ADF is,” she added.
Byekwaso adds that the ADF outfit have been over the past decades sustained by the support of the ISIS. “ADF has been in DRC for close to 20 years. They are now an outfit of ISIS. They have trained and have been able to recruit many people,” she said. “This means that there is a lot of work to do, but we can manage them. We won’t underestimate them,” she added.