US Special Forces Deploying to the Congo

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News Story Source: https://news.antiwar.com, Dave DeCamp
The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has authorized the deployment of US special forces to his country to help fight the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

DRC President Felix Tshisekedi said in a statement Sunday that the US troops would "provide support to the [army] in the fight against terrorism and to the guardians of the Virunga and Garamba national parks, which have become a sanctuary for terrorist forces."

US Ambassador to the DRC Mike Hammer said that the troops would arrive in the country's capital Kinshasa on Friday to "conduct an assessment of a future Congolese counter-terrorism team." It's not clear at this point how many special operations soldiers are being deployed. Tshisekedi said the US troops will be in the country for several weeks.

The ADF is a militant group that started in Uganda and has been blamed for massacres in the DRC. The US claims the ADF is linked to ISIS, but a UN investigation fo
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