Reuters Africa

By Andrew Quinn

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Thursday it was making progress with its African allies in its push against Uganda’s notorious Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), but gave no clear end date for the shadowy U.S. military operation unfolding in central Africa.

U.S. President Barack Obama announced in October that he was sending about 100 U.S. troops to help and advise central African countries battling LRA rebels accused of murder, rape and kidnap in a reign of terror dating back to the late 1980s.

The U.S. troops, mostly Special Forces, hope to speed the hunt for fugitive LRA leader Joseph Kony, and operate with the militaries of Uganda, the Central African Republic (CAR), South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)across some of Africa’s most remote and hostile terrain.

The LRA, which says it is a religious group, emerged in northern Uganda in the 1990s and is believed to have killed, kidnapped and mutilated tens of thousands of people. Pushed out of Uganda in 2005, LRA fighters now roam remote jungle regions in neighboring states.

Kony has been indicted by the Hague-based International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.  Read more…