Great news: U.S. sending more military aircraft, troops to Uganda

Great news: U.S. sending more military aircraft, troops to Uganda

[Ed. – But calm down, dudes.  Don’t change a thing.]

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.

Obama sent about 100 U.S. troops to help the African forces in 2011. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said early Monday the additional support would enable the African Union “to conduct  targeted operations to apprehend remaining LRA combatants.”

“Our African partners have consistently identified airlift as one of their greatest limiting factors as they search for and pursue the  remaining LRA leaders across a wide swath of one of the world’s poorest,   least governed and most remote regions,” Hayden said.

The aircraft would be based in Uganda but will be used in  LRA-affected areas of the Central  African Republic, Congo and South  Sudan to support the African Union’s regional task force, she said.

“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,”   Hayden said. “African Union-led regional forces remain in the lead,  with U.S. forces supporting and advising their efforts.”

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