BENI, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – Sometimes it takes terrorist groups to rise to public consciousness but when they do it can be bad.
When we look at terrorism and its impact on us in society we can consider how long it took before a given organisation drew our attention. Some are active for a few years before they burst onto the scene, so to speak, often through a ‘spectacular‘ attack.
Al Qaeda is a good example. Usama bin Laden created the group back in the 1980s to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan but I am pretty sure that most people could not pick them out of a one-person line up, let alone spell them, prior to 9/11 (Fun fact: a lot of writers in the West insisted on putting a ‘u’ after the ‘Q’ since in English those two letters are always found together).
AQ is not the only one of this nature. The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) have been mucking about in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since at least 1995 and have killed and injured thousands. And it now appears (as of 2019) that the local Islamic State bunch, Islamic State Central African Province (ISCAP), says it is one of theirs.
An example of the brutality meted out by the ADF is exemplified in today’s featured attack.
On this day in 2018
The ADF appear to be … becoming more interested in broadcasting their messages to a wider … audience and are attempting to present themselves within a broader setting of radical jihadist groups.Congo Research Group
The ADF may not be a household name but that does not make them any less dangerous.
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