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US Fuels CV-22 Osprey Planes to Hunt Kony

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According to reports, American forces will continue to advise and assist their counterparts in the African Union’s military task force tracking Mr. Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army across Uganda, Central African Republic, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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“The Americans are forbidden to fight the L.R.A. themselves except in self-defence.”

The rebel leader started out in northern Uganda more than 25 years ago as a Catholic altar boy who spoke in tongues.

“For more than two decades, the Lord’s Resistance Army (L.R.A.) has murdered, raped and kidnapped tens of thousands of men, women and children in central Africa,” Mr. Obama wrote in a letter to Congress when he first announced, in 2011, that he would send military personnel to the region as advisers.

“The L.R.A. continues to commit atrocities across the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan that have a disproportionate impact on regional security.”

The United States also made efforts to stop the Lord’s Resistance Army under President George W. Bush, who authorized the Pentagon to send a team of 17 advisers to train Ugandan troops and provided millions of dollars’ worth of aid, including fuel trucks, satellite phones and night-vision goggles, to the Ugandan Army.

Those efforts ultimately helped scatter elements of the L.R.A. in Uganda. But its remnants regrouped in neighbouring countries, sometimes killing hundreds of villagers in the Congolese jungle and kidnapping hundreds more, according to witnesses.

In December 2008, Africom, the American military command for Africa, helped plan an attack on Mr. Kony’s camp in Congo. But Mr. Kony, having apparently been tipped off, escaped before the Ugandan helicopter gunships even took off. His army is believed to have killed hundreds of nearby villagers in revenge, leaving behind scorched huts.

In the months after Mr. Obama sent additional advisers in 2011, the Americans said Mr. Kony’s army of a few hundred fighters had begun to weaken, proving less able to direct such massacres.

The United States has continued to run a semi-covert logistics and intelligence operation to extend the Ugandan Army’s reach so it can chase Mr. Kony across the region.

(New York Times)

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