National
US Special Forces arrive in Uganda
Publish Date: Apr 03, 2014
US Special Forces arrive in Uganda
The forces are part of the anti-LRA operation to stop Joseph Kony.
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Raymond Baguma

THE additional US Special Forces and aircraft to bolster the African Union regional taskforce is hunting for Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony are in the country.

Daniel Travis, the spokesperson for the US Mission in Uganda said on Thursday, “They arrived last week.”

These newly arrived troops will be an increase from the current 100 US Special Forces who have been involved in the anti-LRA operation since October 2011.

For the first time, the US has sent in four Osprey type military aircrafts to transport troops, with refueling aircraft. But in an email response, Travis declined to comment on operations or specific locations of the aircraft and crews.

He added, “Please note that the deployment of these aircraft and personnel does not signify a change in the nature of the U.S. military advisory role in this effort.  African Union-led regional forces remain in the lead, with U.S. forces supporting and advising their efforts.”

Since their initial deployment in 2011, US Special Forces have been instrumental in supplying intelligence and advice to UPDF in the anti-LRA hunt.

Notably last year, the Special Forces supplied intelligence which helped the UPDF to intercept and kill Colonel Samuel Kangul along with 13 of his fighters. Kangul was believed to be number four in the LRA leadership hierarchy.

Travis said, “AU-led forces have removed two of the LRA’s top five commanders from the battlefield, and we have credible reporting that a third, Okot Odhiambo – who was the LRA’s second-in-command and an International Criminal Court indictee, was killed late last year.”

The UPDF is presently based in the LRA-prone areas of Nzara in South Sudan and Obo in Central African Republic (CAR) as part of the regional taskforce that was created in 2012 under an AU mechanism to eliminate the threat of LRA.

But Uganda remains the most active troop contributing country in the anti-LRA taskforce. The other three countries – DR Congo, Central African Republic and South Sudan are beset with domestic security challenges.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
MPs promise farmers not to pass agric inputs tax
Members of Parliament have assured farmers across the country and civil society organizations that they are not going to pass the proposed tax on agricultural inputs....
Kyambogo admissions for PWDs ready
The admission letters for Kyambogo University students admitted under the People with Disabilities (PWDs) government scholarship scheme is ready, according to the institution’s spokesman Lawrence Madete....
Urban TV presenters to back Kabushenga at Pakasa Forum
Two vibrant youngsters from Urban TV will host interviews on the sidelines of the 4th edition of the Pakasa Forum on Saturday. Vision Group CEO, Robert Kabushenga will be the host....
Bombo mourns veteran Gaagaa bus driver
Hundreds of mourners Wednesday turned up for the funeral of Marsal Ayubu, the veteran bus driver who died after sustaining serious injuries in the Monday accident at Nakasongola along the Gulu Highway....
Five injured in Gulu bus accident
Five people were injured after a bus they were travelling in got involved in an accident along Gulu - Juba road Thursday morning....
Prof. Mamdani counsels Lukwago
Prof. Mahmood Mamdani advises embattled Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, to take advantage of the “suffering” of the people in the city....
Will strict traffic laws reduce road accidents?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter