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US Troops Uganda: Additional Forces Sent to Track Down Warlord Kony

Monday, 24 Mar 2014 01:29 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Additional U.S. special operations troops have been sent to Uganda to help hunt down internationally wanted warlord Joseph Kony.

President Barack Obama also ordered the military to send at least four CV-22 Osprey aircraft to Uganda, which will arrive this week. About 150 Air Force Special Operations members and others who will fly and maintain the planes will travel to the central African country as well, Amanda Dory, deputy assistant secretary of defense for African affairs, told The Washington Post.

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About 100 special operations troops were already on the ground in Uganda aiding in the search for Kony. Obama first sent them there in October 2011.

Kony and his followers have allegedly mutilated central African civilians and stolen children from villages for years to become child soldiers and sex slaves.

The International Criminal Court has indicted Kony for war crimes.

"For more than two decades, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has murdered, raped, and kidnapped tens of thousands of men, women and children in central Africa," Obama wrote in a letter to Congress in 2011 when he first sent special forces to the region as advisers. "The LRA 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."

During his administration, President George W. Bush sent 17 advisers to train Ugandan soldiers along with millions in military aid, including fuel trucks, satellite phones and night-vision goggles in an effort that initially helped the Ugandan army scatter LRA members across Uganda.

An African Union regional force of 5,000 has been hunting Kony and his followers, believed to be hiding in jungle along the borders of Central African Republic, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Obama administrators told the Washington Post, though, that the Ugandan aid was not a weakening in the administration's criticism of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni for signing new anti-gay laws in the country.

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