War is Boring: Uganda at Security Crossroads in War on Extremists

By David Axe, on , Column

Fifteen days after twin suicide bombings killed 76 people in Kampala, Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni used an African Union summit in the capital city to declare war on the Somali group responsible for the July 11 bombing -- as well as on foreign fighters aiding the group. "The terrorists should be wiped out of Africa," Museveni said on Monday. "Let us act and sweep them out of Africa and to where they came from in Asia and the Middle East."

But to secure its borders, cities and regional interests, Uganda must do more than target terrorists. Roving rebel groups, many of them homegrown, also threaten this rapidly developing country of 32 million people. Terrorists from the east and rebels from the west raise the prospect of a two-front war for Kampala. American assistance factors heavily on both fronts. And both also represent potential security quagmires. ...

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