Allied Democratic Forces (ADF)

Allied Democratic Forces (ADF)

The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) is a diverse coalition of a few hundred fighters from the National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (NALU), Islamists from the Salaf Tabliq group, Hutu militiamen, and fighters from ousted regimes in Congo. The conglomeration of fighters formed in 1995 in opposition to the government of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. The ADF seeks to use the kidnapping and murder of civilians to create fear in the local population and undermine confidence in the government. The group is suspected to be responsible for dozens of bombings in public areas. A Ugandan military offensive in 2000 destroyed several ADF camps, but ADF attacks continued in Kampala in 2001.

ADF operates in western Uganda and eastern Congo. ADF has received funding, supplies, and training from the government of Sudan and perhaps from sympathetic Hutu groups.



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