The U.S. is upping its commitment to the thus far unsuccessful search for Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army by dispatching four Osprey Aircraft plus KC-130 transport and refueling tanker planes, and 150 Air Force Special Forces plus air crews to add to the 150 U.S. troops already based in Uganda for the search for the Lord’s Resistance Army in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic.
By Karen DeYoung, Sunday, March 23, 2014
President Obama has ordered a sharp increase in U.S. Special Forces deployed to Uganda and sent U.S. military aircraft there for the first time in the ongoing effort to hunt down warlord Joseph Kony across a broad swath of central Africa.
At least four CV-22 Osprey aircraft will arrive in Uganda by midweek, along with refueling aircraft and about 150 Air Force Special Forces and other airmen to fly and maintain the planes, according to Amanda Dory, deputy assistant secretary of defense for African affairs…The new War Powers Act notification sets the approximate total for all U.S. forces in Uganda at 300.
Administration officials who described the new deployments insisted they did not imply any weakening in the Obama administration’s criticism of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni for signing a new law imposing harsh penalties for “homosexual offenses.”
See analysis of the Invisible Children’s and STOPKONY 2012 movements and US military and African Union forces chasing the LRA, see:
- React and Respond: The Phenomenon of Kony 2012, is now available on the ACAS webpage Resources on Uganda, the LRA, and Central Africa
concernedafricascholars.org/ new-teachers-resource-on-kony- 2012-campaign/
- Africa: KONY 2012, Selected Reflections, Africa Focus, http://www.africafocus.org/
- The Problem with Invisible Children’s “Kony 2012? – By Michael Deibert, March 8, 2012 by AfricanArguments, http://africanarguments.org/
2012/03/08/the-problem-with- invisible-childrens-kony-2012- by-michael-deibert/