Uganda says it will pull out troops from DR Congo

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The military in Uganda says it will withdraw hundreds of troops it sent last year to help neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo to combat an insurgency.

The Ugandan land forces commander said the operation had only been intended to last for six months and would end by next month unless an extension was agreed.

The authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo said the terms and timeline for the Ugandan withdrawal would need to be agreed by both countries.

In December, Uganda sent 1 thousand 700 soldiers to take part in the joint operation with Congolese troops against rebels known as the Allied Democratic Forces.

The rebel group is accused of carrying out raids and massacres in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and bombings in Uganda.