Countering the Lord’s Resistance Army in Central Africa
By Andre Le Sage
Strategic Forum 270
July 1, 2011 —
- Led by Joseph Kony since the late
1980s, the Lord’s Resistance Army
(LRA) is a brutal militia force that
survives by massacring civilians,
looting villages, and abducting
civilians to serve as fighters, porters,
and sex slaves.
- LRA operations have spread from
northern Uganda to cover an
expansive territory including eastern
Congo, the Central African
Republic, and southern Sudan.
Much of this territory is outside
the day-to-day control of governments
in the region.
- Since 2008, Uganda has pursued
LRA forces across this expansive
territory. In 2010, the Obama
administration developed a U.S.
strategy to increase support for
regional and peacekeeping operations
against the LRA.
- Success depends on the political will
and military capability of Uganda,
its African neighbors, and United
Nations peacekeepers to separate
LRA units from civilian populations
and build robust capabilities to
track and strike LRA positions.
- These requirements beg the
question of whether or not the
United States will dedicate sufficient
resources to overcome
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