October 15, 2011

ALL ALONG THE AXIS OF GOOD:

Small U.S. force to deploy to Uganda, aid fight against Lord's Resistance Army (Scott Wilson and Craig Whitlock, October 14, 2011, Washington Post)

President Obama will send about 100 U.S. troops to Uganda and nearby countries to combat the Lord's Resistance Army and kill or capture its leader, Joseph Kony, who has been charged with war crimes for a decades-long campaign against civilians in Central Africa. [...]

The troop deployment comes with the consent of President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, who has blamed a lack of special forces and intelligence capability for his nation's inability to defeat the relatively small LRA.

In his letter, Obama stated that the first troops will be based in Uganda, a U.S. ally in the region. They are primarily Special Operations Forces, Pentagon officials said, although they declined to say which branches of the armed services they were drawn from or to provide details about the kinds of training they will provide.

The officials said the U.S. military trainers will eventually work side by side with Ugandan and other African forces in the region as they pursue the Lord's Resistance Army, but will stop short of engaging in direct combat, unless it is in self-defense. Obama wrote that future U.S. forces also will deploy in South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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