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    Official sources in Tanzania say that Ugandan forces have crossed the border and invaded their country.

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    Official sources in Tanzania say that Ugandan forces have crossed the border and invaded their country. They say fighting is going on in a remote area west of Lake Victoria, but give no details of the scale of the attack.

    Last week, Uganda accused Tanzania of sending troops into Uganda, in the same region; but Tanzania dismissed the allegations as nonsense.

    SYNOPSIS: The ground troops which President Idi Amin of Uganda has at his command total about twenty thousand men, including one mechanised battalion. It played an important part in bringing him to power in 1971. Now Tanzania has suggested that some Ugandan army units have turned disloyal to President Amin, and that, as they see it, he invented the Tanzanian invasion as a cover. In 1975, when President Amin was host to the Organisation of African Unity, he took pride in displaying his Air Force to his guests. It staged a mock assault on an island in Lake Victoria called "Cape Town" for the purpose of the exercise. The Ugandan Air Force has two squadron equipped with thirty-seven MIG fighters; one transport squadron, and ten helicopters.

    Twice in the past two weeks, President Amin's aircraft are reported to have dropped bombs on Tanzanian territory; and Uganda Radio said last week that Dar es Salaam and other Tanzanian cities would be attacked if the Tanzanian forces alleged to be in Uganda were not withdrawn. Hostility between the two countries developed when ex-President Miltor ???, whom President Amin overdraw, took refuge in Tanzania??? This is not the first time they have clashed along their frontier. There were border incidents in 1971 and 1972. Eight people were reported killed in Bukoba, in north-western Tanzania -- the place which is said to have borne the brunt of last week's air attacks.

    President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, taking the salute at an Independence Day parade in Dar ??? Salaam. The forces at his command are larger than those of President Amin; but not be very much. Tanzania's army numbers about twenty-five thousand men. It spends nearly three times as much on defence as Uganda does. The armed forces of both countries are all volunteers.

    The Tanzanian air force, like the Ugandan, flies MIG fighters, but has slightly fewer of them. Being a coastal state, it has a small navy of patrol craft. Uganda has only a lake patrol service. Compared with other neighbouring states, the Tanzanian and Ugandan forces are much larger than Kenya's; rather larger than Zambia's; and of about the same size as those of Mozambique.

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