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  • WH: Sending U.S. Troops, Military Aircraft to Uganda Doesn't Change U.S. Advisory Role

    03/24/2014 5:28:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    cns news ^ | 3/24/14 | LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is sending military aircraft and more special operations forces to Uganda to assist in the search for fugitive African warlord Joseph Kony. A senior U.S. military official confirmed Monday that the U.S. is sending at least four CV-22 Osprey aircraft about about 150 more Air Force special operations members and airmen to assist local forces in their long-running battle against Kony's Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA. The official confirmed the plans, first reported by The Washington Post, on condition of anonymity without authorization to discuss them on the record.
  • US sending more troops and aircraft to hunt Ugandan war lord Kony

    03/24/2014 6:11:25 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 49 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | 3/24/14 | unknown
    <p>President Obama is committing more military resources, including aircraft and special operations forces, to the hunt for notorious African warlord Joseph Kony.</p> <p>Early Monday, the White House confirmed a Washington Post report that the U.S. was sending "associated support personnel," and a "limited number" of CV-22 Osprey aircraft to assist local forces in their long-running battle against Kony's Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA. Obama sent about 100 U.S. troops to help the African forces in 2011.</p>
  • Rebels capture Central African Republic capital, president flees (France sends 300 more troops)

    03/25/2013 11:43:41 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Mar 24, 2013 5:59pm EDT | Paul-Marin Ngoupana
    (Reuters) - Rebels in Central African Republic seized the riverside capital Bangui in fierce fighting on Sunday, forcing President Francois Bozize to flee and sowing confusion over who ruled the mineral-rich heart of Africa. At least nine South African soldiers were killed trying to prevent the rebels taking Bangui, a Reuters witness said, dealing a blow to Pretoria's attempt to stabilize the chaotic central African nation and assert its influence in the region. ... "The looting is bad. Both the population and Seleka are involved," said one senior U.N. official in Bangui. "We are not sure who is in charge....
  • U.S. to Expand Role in Africa

    01/29/2013 6:44:52 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Updated January 29, 2013, 6:58 a.m. ET | ADAM ENTOUS and SIOBHAN GORMAN
    Military Pact With Niger Brings American Forces Closer to Conflict in Mali. The U.S. signed an agreement Monday with the West African country of Niger that clears the way for a stepped-up American military presence on the edges of the conflict in neighboring Mali. The U.S. and France are moving to create an intelligence hub in Niger that could include a base, near Mali's border, for American drones that could monitor al Qaeda-linked militants in Mali's vast desert north, U.S. officials said. The moves show the extent to which the U.S. and France are girding for what could be an...
  • Kony 2012 campaigner Jason Russell detained for masturbating in public

    03/16/2012 5:38:49 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 36 replies
    the guardian ^ | 3/16/2012 | Paul Harris
    One of the co-founders of Invisible Children, the San Diego-based charity which is campaigning for the arrest of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, has been hospitalised after police said he was detained for being naked and masturbating in public. Jason Russell, 33, was picked up by police in San Diego at around 11.30am on Thursday after receiving numerous calls from the public about a man vandalising cars, being apparently under the influence of a substance and making sexual gestures while wearing only his underwear. According to local TV station NBC, San Diego police spokeswoman Lieutenant Andra Brown told a press conference...
  • Invisible Children answers critics after video hit

    03/13/2012 8:50:15 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 28 replies
    cbs ^ | 3/13/2012 | ap
    The chief executive of a group that produced a wildly popular video about African warlord Joseph Kony answered critics Monday, defending its tactics and spending practices. "I understand why a lot of people are wondering, 'Is this just some slick, kind of fly-by-night, slacktivist thing?' when actually it's not at all," said Ben Keesey of Invisible Children. "It's connected to a really deep, thoughtful, very intentional and strategic campaign." In an online video that runs more than eight minutes, Keesey acknowledges the sting of criticism since Invisible Children released the video "Kony 2012" last week, becoming an Internet sensation with...
  • Uganda's Gruesome 'General of God': US Advisers Raise Hopes in Hunt for Rebel Warlord

    01/12/2012 6:49:52 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 2 replies
    Spiegel ^ | 01/12/2012 | Horand Knaup
    He's like a phantom. Of course, thousands have seen him, tens of thousands have died because of him, and hundreds of thousands have suffered thanks to him and his supporters. But the people on his trail haven't been able to catch him. The man is 49-year-old Joseph Kony, the self-appointed general of God, guerrilla fighter and mass murderer. For more than two decades, he and his Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) have terrorized people living in an area of roughly 100,000 square kilometers (40,000 square miles) of jungle in Uganda, the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of the Congo...
  • US joins Uganda for "final battle" against vicious LRA

    01/07/2012 3:30:02 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 21 replies
    Deutche Presse-Agentur via M&C ^ | Jan 6, 2012, 2:06 GMT | Henry Wasswa
    Kampala - Ugandan and US military officials are confident the end is nigh for the brutal Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a group that has been avoiding head-on battles for over a quarter of a century while leaving carnage in its wake. The two countries have teamed up to tackle the LRA, a rebel movement that originated in Uganda during the country's civil war in the 1980s. After suffering defeats in Uganda in recent years, remaining LRA forces have moved into the poor and often dysfunctional Central African Republic (CAR), still carrying out attacks that often employ a scorched earth policy,...
  • US special forces in Central Africa for LRA rebel hunt

    12/19/2011 5:12:59 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 13 replies
    AFP via Google ^ | December 19, 2011
    BANGUI — US special forces have set up a base in the Central African Republic as part of their regional hunt for fighters from the Ugandan-born Lord's Resistance Army group, military sources said Monday. "The deployment of this contingent, the size of which is unknown, was carried out very discreetly with Ugandan military aircraft," a Central African military official said on condition of anonymity. The US elite troops set up a base in Obo and are expected to coordinate their efforts with local government forces and Ugandan soldiers. US President Barack Obama in October announced he was sending 100 special...
  • In-depth: On the trail of the LRA

    11/29/2011 6:02:41 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 10 replies
    IRIN ^ | 30 November 2011
    SECURITY: US advisers limited to "support" role in tracking down LRA NEW YORK, 22 November 2011 (IRIN) - The main stated aim of the US deployment of 100 military advisers to central Africa is to improve coordination among the armies of countries affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to avoid repeating the fiasco of the 2008 multinational offensive against the group. They “are not directly involved in the operation to find members of the Lord's Resistance Army”, said Major James Rawlinson of the US Special Operations Command, Africa, in a statement to IRIN. While they will be “working and...
  • US military in CentrAfrica ahead of rebel hunt

    11/19/2011 6:48:45 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies
    AFP via Google ^ | November 17, 2011
    BANGUI — US military personnel deployed to help track down Lord's Resistance Army rebels have met officials in the Central African Republic to co-ordinate an impending operation, a source told AFP Thursday. The military source said that six US special forces troops met with local leaders at Obo, near the border with South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the LRA are believed to be roaming through the region's sparce, thinly populated forests. US President Barack Obama in October announced that he was sending about 100 troops to train and advice the African forces looking for the remnants...
  • Tracking Uganda's Lords Resistance Army: The Regional Context

    10/19/2011 6:31:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2011 | Austin Bay
    For almost two decades, Joseph Kony, senior commander of the Ugandan rebel Lords Resistance Army, has practiced a peculiarly evil brand of the sociopathic warfare that curses central Africa. Listing the horrors committed by Kony and his thugs numbs the mind, but also substantiates the case for dispatching U.S. special operations soldiers to help Ugandan forces combat the killers. The very public deployment of such a small but technically capable U.S. force also sends a diplomatic signal. There are bad actors in central and east Africa who benefit from violent instability throughout the region -- bad actors who encourage and...
  • Obama's Latest Military Commitment

    10/18/2011 5:36:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 18, 2011 | Michael Gerson
    When President Obama announced the deployment of 100 U.S. military advisers to aid in the pursuit of Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), reaction was swift. Michele Bachmann criticized "unnecessary foreign entanglements," while admitting, "I do not know enough about it to comment on it." Rush Limbaugh called the LRA "Christians" and accused Obama of sending American troops "to wipe out Christians in Sudan, Uganda," before promising to do some "research on it." In both cases, it is remarkable that public figures feel no hesitance -- no internal check of propriety or shame -- about offering opinions while...
  • Why U.S. military in Uganda? Soros fingerprints all over it.

    10/15/2011 10:59:15 PM PDT · by cruise_missile · 49 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | October 15, 2011 | Brenda J. Elliott
    After President Barack Obama announced earlier this week that he would be sending American troops into Uganda, WND uncovered billionaire activist George Soros' ties both to the political pressure behind the decision and to the African nation's fledgling oil industry. Soros sits on the executive board of an influential "crisis management organization" that recently recommended the U.S. deploy a special advisory military team to Uganda to help with operations and run an intelligence platform, a recommendation Obama's action seems to fulfill. The president emeritus of that organization, the International Crisis Group, is also the principal author of "Responsibility to Protect,"...
  • Political payback behind US special forces deployment to Uganda?

    10/15/2011 7:10:47 AM PDT · by AfricanChristian · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Why is the U.S. sending its troops to finish off a fractured band of bush fighters in the middle of Africa? Political payback for the quiet sacrifices of Uganda's troops in Somalia could be one reason, experts say. President Barack Obama announced Friday he is dispatching about 100 U.S. troops — mostly special operations forces — to central Africa to advise in the fight against the Lord's Resistance Army. The LRA is a guerrilla group accused of widespread atrocities across several countries. The first U.S. troops arrived Wednesday. Long considered one of Africa's most brutal rebel groups, the Lord's Resistance...
  • Obama sending combat troops to central Africa to aid fight against rebels

    10/14/2011 11:11:35 AM PDT · by roses of sharon · 110 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/13/11
    President Obama has deployed combat troops to central Africa to aid in the fight against the Lord's Resistance Army. In a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner, Obama says 12 troops with "appropriate combat equipment" were deployed on October 12 and approximately 100 in total will be deployed including a second combat team and headquarters, communications and logistics personnel. The forces will provide information and advise and assist "select partner nation forces," Obama explains. The troops will not fight except in self-defense.
  • US to send troops to Uganda to help fight LRA rebels

    10/14/2011 3:46:06 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 39 replies
    BBC ^ | Oct. 14, 2011 | Staff
    US President Barack Obama has said he is sending about 100 US soldiers to Uganda to help regional forces battle the notorious Lord's Resistance Army. Although combat-equipped, the troops would be providing information and advice "to partner nation forces", Mr Obama wrote in a letter to US Congress. A small group is already in Uganda, and the troops could later be deployed in other central African nations.
  • Obama sending combat troops to central Africa to aid fight against rebels

    10/14/2011 11:09:02 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 270 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | October 14th, 2011 | CNN
    President Obama has deployed combat troops to central Africa to aid in the fight against the Lord's Resistance Army. In a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner, Obama says 12 troops with "appropriate combat equipment" were deployed on October 12 and approximately 100 in total will be deployed including a second combat team and headquarters, communications and logistics personnel. The forces will provide information and advise and assist "select partner nation forces," Obama explains. The troops will not fight except in self-defense. The full letter is after the jump.
  • 'Machine Gun Preacher:' A Strong Film about Faith

    10/05/2011 1:30:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 4, 2011 | Jahn Hanlon
    “You can’t keep going the way you been going,” Lynn Childers (Michelle Monaghan) says to her husband Sam (Gerard Butler) early on in the new film, “Machine Gun Preacher.” The movie tells the true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealer, who turned his life around and began following Christ. Directed by Marc Forster, who previously helmed “The Kite Runner” and “Monster’s Ball,” “Preacher” presents Childers as a complex man whose intentions are noble but whose actions are often controversial. The story begins in South Sudan in 2003 as a child is faced with a nightmarish dilemma. A group of...
  • Christians "crucified" in Sudanese raids

    09/28/2009 5:41:46 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 15 replies · 1,358+ views
    Catholic News ^ | September 29, 2009 | anon
    Marauding bands of guerrillas have "crucified" seven Christians during a series of raids on villages in Sudan, with one man tied to a tree and mutilated while six other victims were nailed to pieces of wood and killed. Villagers who found their bodies near the town of Nzara said it was like a "grotesque crucifixion scene", the Catholic Herald reports. Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of Tombura-Yambio is appealing for international help to stop the cycle of violence and attacks by members of the Lord's Resistance Army, saying the government at home appeared powerless against it. In one instance guerrillas stormed...
  • Ugandan LRA 'in church massacre' (Catholic women and children slaughtered)

    12/30/2008 6:03:51 AM PST · by NYer · 9 replies · 890+ views
    BBC ^ | December 29, 2008
    Uganda's army has accused the Lord's Resistance Army rebels of hacking to death 45 civilians in a Catholic church in the Democratic Republic of Congo.Capt Chris Magezi said the scene was "horrendous... dead bodies of mostly women and children cut in pieces". The attack happened on 26 December. A rebel spokesman has denied responsibility for the killings, which follow a collapse in the peace process. The UN says at least 189 people were killed in several attacks last week. Some reports say more than 100 people were killed in the church alone. The armies of Uganda, South Sudan and DR...
  • Louisiana Recovery: The Rocky Road Home

    11/14/2006 9:01:50 AM PST · by Ellesu · 3 replies · 599+ views
    bayoubuzz.com ^ | 11/14/06 | Jeff Crouere
    Yesterday, it was announced that a grand total of 26 people have received their cash settlements from the Louisiana Recovery Authority. This is out of a total of 123,000 potential applicants. LRA leaders are touting the numbers as progress, which sure sounds like spin to me. In the meantime, thousands of poor victims make difficult decisions every day whether to stay in the state or leave. Unfortunately, due to the slow pace of the Road Home plan, thousands have opted to leave. Along with concerns about levees, political corruption, poor schools, the slow pace of relief by the LRA is...
  • Only 11 of 27,000 applicants have received LRA money to date

    09/29/2006 7:05:06 PM PDT · by Ellesu · 33 replies · 857+ views
    wwltv.com ^ | 09/29/06 | Jill Hezeau / WWL-TV
    Only 11 people have received a check so far from the Louisiana Recovery Authority and only about 250 have been told they’ll be receiving money, a pace that brought shocked responses from some officials at a public hearing Friday. The LRA has about $10 billion to distribute to homeowners and they’ve had the funds for about three months. There are nearly 27,000 applicants. “We have over $10 billion at disposal,” said State Senator Derrick Shepherd, D-Marrero. “If we can’t spend it in an effective manner, maybe the president and Congress gave it to the wrong people.” LRA Chairman Dr. Norman...
  • Into Africa: Fort Collins missionaries prepare to challenge Ugandan rebels’ concept of God

    08/20/2006 5:49:47 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 3 replies · 708+ views
    Fort Collins Weekly ^ | August 9. 2006 | Greg Campbell
    Matt Tarka speaks with the confidence of the faithful. Discussing a trip he will soon be taking to Northern Uganda to spread the word of Christianity, the details roll off his tongue like he’s describing an upcoming camping trip, with enthusiasm and confidence. He and four other missionaries—representing three Fort Collins churches—have flights booked, itineraries mostly finalized and contacts in Uganda awaiting their arrival. They’re working out their ground transportation, gathering aid supplies like clothing and toys, and hosting fund raisers to pay for the mission’s considerable expense. But most importantly, they have their goals firmly in mind. “We want...
  • LRA victim: 'I cannot forget and forgive' (Brutal)

    06/29/2006 2:23:19 PM PDT · by Sax · 15 replies · 720+ views
    BBC News ^ | 06/20/06 | BBC
    LRA victim: 'I cannot forget and forgive' Following recent comments from Lord's Resistance Army rebel leader Joseph Kony in which he denied committing atrocities, Ugandan Ochola John, 25, responds by telling his story. He was abducted by rebels from his village, Namkora in northern Uganda, which was attacked in February 2002. During the attack 50 people were axed to death and he was one of 35 abductees. Ochola John was deformed by rebels from Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army I wish I could be born again. It hurts me to see my reflection because of the way I now look....
  • LRA victim: 'I cannot forget and forgive' (Uganda terrorism)

    06/29/2006 10:51:22 AM PDT · by The Lion Roars · 16 replies · 594+ views
    Following recent comments from Lord's Resistance Army rebel leader Joseph Kony in which he denied committing atrocities, Ugandan Ochola John, 25, responds by telling his story. He was abducted by rebels from his village, Namkora in northern Uganda, which was attacked in February 2002. During the attack 50 people were axed to death and he was one of 35 abductees. Ochola John was deformed by rebels from Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army I wish I could be born again. It hurts me to see my reflection because of the way I now look. The memories of it all are so...
  • White House rejects $ 30 Billion Louisiana Recovery Plan

    01/25/2006 8:41:52 AM PST · by Altair333 · 12 replies · 749+ views
    WASHINGTON — The White House officially rejected a plan that would have created a federal corporation to purchase and redevelop Louisiana homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. U.S. Rep. Richard Baker, R-Baton Rouge, introduced legislation last year to create the Louisiana Recovery Corp. The panel would use treasury bonds to buy damaged homes on parcels to be repackaged and redeveloped. But Allan Hubbard, the chief economic adviser for President Bush, indicated in conversations with Baker on Monday that the Bush does not support the legislation, Baker said Tuesday. “It’s dead now,” said Walter Isaacson, vice chairman of the Louisiana Recovery Authority,...
  • Mutilation Sparks Uganda Outrage Over War

    05/02/2004 11:54:14 AM PDT · by Condor51 · 12 replies · 256+ views
    The Washington Post/Reuters ^ | May 2, 2004; 9:35 AM | Daniel Wallis
    LIRA, Uganda (Reuters) - Sophia Apio dared not utter a sound as Ugandan rebels sliced off her lips and ears with a razor blade. They had threatened to hack her to death with machetes if she cried. Apio, her husband Ojede and six others were captured by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) while scavenging for food in northern Uganda, where a 17-year-old war has forced about 1.5 million people to flee their homes. Shadowy LRA rebels led by Joseph Kony, a former altar boy turned self-proclaimed mystic, typically target civilians in their brutal war against the government. snip "Then he...
  • CMS launches campaign to break the silence over atrocities in northern Uganda

    08/21/2003 6:55:10 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 4 replies · 120+ views
    CMS launches campaign to break the silence over atrocities in northern Uganda by Matthew Davies In an effort to raise awareness of the shocking realities of child abduction and the 17-year war in northern Uganda , the Church Mission Society (CMS) launched a campaign today (21 August) by delivering a petition to Downing Street. The petition asked Tony Blair to "help break what local churchmen have dubbed an 'international conspiracy of silence' over the Lord's Resistance Army's (LRA) brutal reign". The Bishop of Kitgum diocese, the Rt Revd Benjamin Ojwang, accompanied an Acholi refugee child to Downing Street and...
  • ‘They tied me up and hacked off my lips’

    07/18/2003 3:08:09 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 43 replies · 1,395+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | 07/19/03 | Jonathan Clayton
    An army of child tyrants is terrorising nothern Uganda FIRST the rebels tied Geofrey Obita’s hands behind his back so tightly that he could barely move his fingers. Then, telling the 16-year-old schoolboy not to scream, they sliced off his ears. Then they pushed him down to the ground and cut off what they could of his lips. “They were all over me, stamping, pushing, cutting. I could not move, I could barely breathe,” he told The Times in a barely audible whisper from his hospital bed in the small impoverished northern Ugandan town of Kitgum. Yet the child soldiers...