US Sends More Troops, Aircraft To Hunt Kony

LRA's fugitive leader Joseph Kony
LRA’s fugitive leader Joseph Kony

The Obama administration is sending about 150 Special Operations troops along with military aircraft to Uganda to help in the search for warlord Joseph Kony, the Pentagon said on Sunday.

The deployments started on Sunday night after the administration began to notify Congress. The decision was first reported by The Washington Post, and later confirmed by the Defence Department.

In the first deployment of U.S. military aircraft to Uganda to help locate Kony, at least four CV-22 Osprey aircraft will arrive in the country by midweek, together with refuelling planes and Special Operations forces airmen to fly and maintain them, the Pentagon said.

U.S. personnel were authorized to “provide information, advice and assistance” to an African Union force tracking Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army, the Post reported.

“While combat-equipped, they are prohibited from engaging LRA forces unless in self-defence,” it said.

The Ospreys, which can take off and land vertically, are capable of ferrying 24 troops and their gear. They are expected to help African Union forces respond more quickly to tips on Kony’s whereabouts, the Pentagon said.

A 5,000-strong AU Regional Task Force, supported by about 100 U.S. Special Forces, has been hunting Kony and his fighters. Most of them are thought to be hiding in jungles straddling the borders of Central African Republic, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo.

LRA fighters, who emerged in northern Uganda in the late 1980s, are known for using extreme violence, including chopping off limbs as a form of punishment, as well as raping young girls and abducting them for use as sex slaves.

A V-22 osprey aircraft
A V-22 osprey aircraft

The Post quoted administration officials as saying the deployment did not signal the White House was weakening its criticism of new anti-gay legislation in Uganda that imposes harsh penalties for homosexuality.

Since last month’s enactment of the anti-gay legislation, Washington has said it is reviewing its relationship with Uganda’s government.

Adapted From Agencies

3 thoughts on “US Sends More Troops, Aircraft To Hunt Kony

  1. If the U.S has threatened to put sanctions on Uganda even cutting aid because of the anti gay law in place, why is it so much interested in still hunting for Kony? Behaving like a dog eating it’s own vomit.

  2. USA SEEM TO BEHAVING NO VALUABLE WORK TO ITSELF AND OTHER COUNTRIES KONY IS NOT A PROBLEM TO UGANDA BUT MUSEVENI IS INSTEAD USA IS SUPPORTING THE ENEMY OF UGANDA LEAVING THE BIGGEST PROBLEM FREE SWINDLING THE COUNTRIES MONEY AND RESOURCES.

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