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US Force to Sustain Hunt for LRA in Central African Republic


The United States Elite Forces in the Central African Republic will maintain the search for Joseph Kony, the rebel leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army-LRA rebel outfit despite the pullout of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces-UPDF.
UPDF recently announced that Ugandan troops will return home in October, 2016, ending close to 10 years of the mission to capture Kony.
Army spokesperson Paddy Ankunda says Kony has been weakened and his current position does not warrant UPDF presence in a foreign territory.
LRA, the group that devastated northern Uganda for over two decades, is now estimated to have about 200 combatants down from 800, according to a report released recently by the Washington-based Resolve LRA Crisis Initiative.
The reduction in numbers is a result of defection campaigns and operations conducted primarily by the UPDF, along with the support by the U.S. forces.
Ankunda however lamented that there was very limited commitment from the international community in regard to wiping out the LRA.
But Christopher J. Brown, the Spokesperson of the U.S. mission in Kampala said that the withdrawal of Ugandan troops is in natural progression since the LRA has been devastated and is no longer a direct threat to Uganda.

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