The army is coordinating
operations with UN peacekeepers (MONUC) across the border in Congo. MONUC is
launching an offensive against Ugandan rebels (Allied Democratic Forces, or
ADF), near Lake Albert. Ugandan troops are deployed to intercept and arrest any
ADF rebels that flee across the border to get away from MONUC.
October 18, 2007: Uganda has 1600 troops in Somalia
as a peacekeeping force, and has been
providing security for the Somali Transitional National Government. Ugandan
forces are deployed at the Mogadishu airport and at the seaport. Ugandan
military "force protection" in Mogadishu has improved. Ugandan personnel use armored vehicles when
moving about outside their camps. There
are no plans to increase or decrease the
number of peacekeepers in Somalia, though opposition political leaders have
been pressuring the government to withdraw the troops.
October 11, 2007: The government has asked "the
international community" to once again put political pressure on the LRA to
fulfill its commitment to the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (the official
name of the peace process accord signed by the LRA and Uganda). The LRA was
supposed to assemble in south Sudan. However, the senior LRA leaders have
returned to their bases in the Congo (in Congo's Garamba Naitonal Park, a huge
October 9, 2007: Ugandan peacekeepers deployed in
Somalia reported a grenade was thrown at a "detachment position" in Mogadishu.
There grenade caused no casualties.