I am gathering here some opinions regarding Obama’s announcement that 100 U.S. troops will be/have been sent to Uganda to help fight the Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel group who have been operating for the past several years in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, and South Sudan and in northern Uganda before that. There seems to be a dearth of good analysis on this topic (I realize the news just came out yesterday), but I will try to add more as they become available/are brought to my attention. Anyone have any additions?
US deploys special forces in Uganda, but why? Angelo Izama
Obama’s troops in Central Africa to fight LRA; will they deliver? Rosebell Kagumire
Did Obama make the right call on Kony? James Lindsay
And here is a very neat link to the US cables mentioning the LRA. It’s interesting that there were practically no cables on the LRA before 2006, despite the fact that the group was most active in Uganda from the 1990s to around 2005. (h/t Washington Post*)
*I should note, however, that in general I feel this post doesn’t really capture the politics or even essence of the LRA.
NYT article here. US has provided $33 million in the region to fight the LRA since 2008.