M23 Promises “Relentless Fight” Against the ADF

The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) M23 rebels have promised a “relentless fight” against the “terrorists” of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an Islamic militant group in the eastern DRC with direct ties to the Islamic State.

While their wording certainly implies the M23 intends to fight against the ADF, which they have not done before, it is unclear the exact actions they intend to take.

It is unclear why the M23 has chosen to announce their intention to fight the ADF, however it should be noted the ADF is responsible for a multitude of attacks that have killed and injured hundreds in recent months.

The M23 has issued continuous condemnations towards the ADF and their attacks against civilians, but otherwise has taken no action against them.