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SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: US Boots On Ugandan Soil? Bashir In Trouble!

physician http://couponadventures.com/wp-includes/general-template.php geneva; font-size: small; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt;”>While most Ugandans are speculating on social networking websites such as twitter and face book that US is eyeing our oil in Albertine region, up-to-date sources say they intend to bring the “final solution” to Joseph Kony by destroying his funders.

President Barack Obama told Congress Friday 100 “combat equipped” troops would soon be sent to Uganda to hunt down the LRA leader.

He further stressed a small group of troops had landed in Uganda on Wednesday. Obama said another batch would join them shortly! Obama clarified that they would play an advisory role in bringing an end to the butcher of Africa.

“These forces will act as advisors to partner forces that have the goal of removing from the battlefield Joseph Kony and other senior leadership of the LRA.”

He was quick to add that his men would not lead the fighting themselves.

“Although the US forces are combat-equipped, they will only be providing information, advice, and assistance to partner nation forces.

“They will not themselves engage LRA forces unless necessary for self-defence. All appropriate precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of US military personnel during their deployment.”

Saying the troops will only be providing advisory assistance, but are also ‘combat equipped’ Obama is indirectly saying his men would participate in actual combat with Kony’s thugs.

NO WAR TO FIGHT

Curious enough, Obama is sending the troops at a time when war in Northern Uganda is completely over.

Food crops are being grown in Karamoja, irrigation farming practised in Gulu and small scale housing projects are taking root in Kumi. The entire northern region has been absolutely pacified. The peace has been there for over 5 years.

During the last presidential election, President Yoweri Museveni and his rivals campaigned freely without any threat of LRA attacks.

And you will recall that in December 2009, Special Forces Commander Col. Keinerugaba Muhoozi led the famous ‘Operation Lightening Thunder’ air raids that obliterated Kony’s main base. The mass murderer took off in fear, finding sanctuary in jungles of Central African Republic.

With Kony at large in the forests of CAR, why is US sending boots here?

BASHIR IN TROUBLE

Analysts are wondering why US did not send their boots at a time when war was at its peak. In the 1990s, LRA had nearly taken over Northern Uganda, courtesy of food, medical and logistical supplies from Khartoum government under Gen. Omar Al Bashir. Museveni labelled this “Sudanese-sponsored terrorism.”

In response, Museveni funded SPLA in a guerrilla warfare that brought Sudan to its knees, forcing her to agree to the Southern secession. Before the death of John Garang, SPLA wanted a “united” Sudan without discrimination of black-dominated south by Arabs in the North.

However, it was Museveni who encouraged Garang’s successor Salva Kiir to lobby for secession and with support from US, Khartoum feared antagonising the super power and yielded.

Since then, Bashir and Museveni have been at loggerheads. In fact in late 1990s, several countries including Uganda, South Sudan and Eritrea mobilised about 100,000 troops to support SPLA to capture Khartoum. Several artillery, war tanks, jet fighters and the crème de le cream of the countries’ elite commando units were stationed in Juba. They had plans to overthrow Bashir in less than three days using heavy gun power. Uganda’s best military field commander Gen. James Kazini was in charge of field operations. Gen. Museveni was commanding the entire operation in a war room at Mbuya. The operation was aimed at destroying the sponsors of Kony –Bashir and his generals.

Upon getting the mind-blowing military intelligence reports, Bashir quickly telephoned then Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi. The latter contacted his Egyptian counterpart at the time, Gen. Hosni Mubarak. The two leaders told Museveni that if he attacked Khartoum, the two Arab countries would declare a full scale war against Kampala. Fearing Arab bombs being dropped from the sky to pound Kampala, Museveni called off the operation, annoying Eritrean dictator Isaias Afewerki. Museveni did not want plunge his country into a military conflict he would hardly win considering the superiority of the three Arab states’ air power.

Analysts strongly believe that 100 troops is a staggering number for a bandit hiding in jungles 400 kms away from Uganda. After all, if it was to offer advisory services, US would send a technical team as she did shortly after the July 11 bomb attacks. About 20 terror investigators jetted in to help police arrest the perpetrators of the heinous attacks that left nearly 80 dead in simultaneous bomb attacks.

Why didn’t Obama send 100 commandoes at the time? Needless to say, the offensive against terror kingpin Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan was conducted by less than 40 commandoes.

The US government is more interested in other strategic concerns other than the “Kony humanitarian affair.”

That aside, by the fact that Museveni’s government has kept this development under wraps, leaves no shed of doubt that it was a secret operation planned for months if not years.

REAL INTENT

The real intent of the US mission could be toppling and arresting Sudan leader Omar Al Bashir.

So far, there are scanty military reports indicating that Sudan was a few weeks ago planning to invade Uganda. That Sudan accused Kampala of nurturing plans of toppling the Khartoum government.

In fact last Friday, while addressing a symposium in Cairo, Sudan Vice President said his country was well aware of Museveni’s plans to overthrow the Khartoum government.

Osman Mohammed Taha referred to a meeting in New York a few years ago where Museveni said there was movement aspiring to stop the discrimination and injustices against Southern Sudanese. The official further said Museveni revealed during the conference that the Southern Sudan problem was being caused by some people who wanted to subdue the blacks. That Museveni said this would automatically trigger ‘resistance.’

The public accusation seemed to underline Sudan’s growing fear of Uganda, its recent military build-up and her close relations with US and Southern neighbours.

Uganda recently purchased Russian war jets, a step that sent shockwaves across the region and Sudan could not have taken this lightly.

THE BREAKFAST

Last Monday, Salva Kiir visited Museveni at State House, Entebbe for ‘breakfast’ before travelling to Sudan where he met Bashir and announced later that “the two countries would not return to war again.”

Khartoum has for long maintained heavy presence of tanks in Abyei, near border with South, sources say, for fear of military attack backed by Uganda.

The sense in the whole of this saga is that suspicion against one another has made Khartoum and Kampala relations worse.

The Kony affair is no military adventurism for US troops but a good cover to mask a mushrooming strategy of arresting Bashir and sending him to ICC where he is wanted for genocide in Darfur.

Bashir will have to quit power for sponsoring terrorism in Africa, now that his funders and God-fathers Hosni Mubarak and Gadaffi are gone. He is an isolated man. He knows that challenging the super power alongside a sea of democratic protests challenging his power in Khartoum is simply unsustainable and suicidal.

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