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Uganda Efforts to Capture Warlord 'Destined to Fail'

Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army during a meeting with a delegation of Ugandan officials and lawmakers and representatives of non-governmental organizations, July 31, 2006, near the Sudan border.
Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army during a meeting with a delegation of Ugandan officials and lawmakers and representatives of non-governmental organizations, July 31, 2006, near the Sudan border.
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An advocacy group says the Ugandan Army's quest to apprehend Joseph Kony and other senior leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA, is destined to fail unless the number of troops deployed increases and they are provided with better logistical and intelligence information.

The U.S.-based Enough Project says in a report released Friday the Ugandan Army's trekking teams can "roam around" in the jungle for weeks "without any clear trace of the LRA."  It says direct encounters with the LRA are "rare."

The group says U.S. aerial reconnaissance has not given an anticipated "intelligence breakthrough" because it could not see through the triple canopy forest where the LRA rebels hide.  

The report, which is based on information gathered by an Enough researcher embedded with Ugandan troops, says the LRA continues to be a "very real threat" to civilians across the region.

The Enough Project says it works to address human rights crimes in Sudan, South Sudan, Congo, Somalia, and areas of Africa affected by the Lord's Resistance Army.

The LRA is notorious for kidnappings, killings, and forcing children to join its ranks and fight against the government.

In October 2011, President Barack Obama announced he had authorized deployment of about 100 combat troops to central Africa to help with the fight against the LRA.

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by: Paul
November 09, 2012 1:49 PM
Yes an interesting story, strange that other leaders in Southern African countries have never been prosecuted for worse genocide crimes and neither have those carrying out such acts.
Tragically other Governments are silent on this including African Governments and the UN - wonder why? records lost mmmmm

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by: SNabende from: Kampala
November 09, 2012 11:15 PM
An important factor that the world has refused or neglected to take into consideration is the role and attitude of the NRM government in Uganda. Kony was and is a creation of the NRM and continues to be a money spinner for them. There has never been and probably will never be any interest to arrest Kony by NRM. The world must understand and accept this simple plain fact then commit to a new way forward. There is too much to loose by NRM if Kony is no more and perhaps too much to reveal that is being concealed by keeping him at large. The world should show more intelect and initiative independent of NRM.

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