US troops pull out of effort to find Kony

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By Our Reporter US troops pull out of effort to find Kony

American special forces have started to withdraw from the Central African Republic where they have been helping an African Union-led force to fight the notorious Ugandan rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

LRA leader Joseph Kony is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity and remains at large.

The US military said the five-year operation against the LRA had rendered the group irrelevant and its leader ineffective.

Last week, Uganda, which provides the vast majority of troops, started to withdraw. It said the LRA had only 100 men left.

It is likely that nobody really knows how many fighters remain or exactly what they do.

Although significantly diminished, they remain active across the region, poaching elephants and kidnapping hundreds of people a year.

At its height the LRA spread terror across northern Uganda.

Its hallmark was mutilating civilians but now it appears to be a largely a criminal outfit.

Source:: Red Pepper Uganda