Is DAESH Making Inroads in DR Congo?

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Is DAESH Making Inroads in DR Congo?
Is DAESH Making Inroads in DR Congo?

The recent attack which DAESH claimed responsibility for is the latest chain of emerging links between the terrorist group and the Allied Democratic Force, a shadowy Ugandan-led group in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Daesh, the terrorist group that for years occupied international headlines, an addition to land, claimed responsibility of its first attack in the DRC, waging a war in a nation that has already been devastated by the decades of regional wars, dozens of militia groups and a recent Ebola outbreak.

Daesh, the terrorist group that for years occupied international headlines, an addition to land, claimed responsibility of its first attack in the DRC, waging a war in a nation that has already been devastated by the decades of regional wars, dozens of militia groups and a recent Ebola outbreak. In the statement, Daesh said ascribed the attack in the Congolese Benin region, to Central Africa Province, the first time the group has named an affiliate in the region. While Daesh has lost control of most of the lands it captured in Syria and Iraq, it has begun planting its flag and expanding violence in Africa’s most remote areas, where a lack of state presence leads to extreme poverty and a cycle of violence.

With Daesh-linked Boko Haram refusing to give up on its presence in the Lake Chad region, multiple Daesh-like militant groups have also been making inroads into the entire Sahel region of West Africa, threatening the already weak state structures and the future of millions of people.

Likewise, in the eastern part of DRC, a Uganda-based militant group, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), has in recent years rebranded and armed itself with the strict, radical and violent interpretation of Islam which is similar to Daesh. However, due to its lack of public communication, ADF has always remained a shadowy group that kept out of the spotlight.

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