"I have authorised a small number of combat-equipped US forces to deploy to central Africa to provide assistance to regional forces that are working toward the removal of (LRA leader) Joseph Kony from the battlefield," Mr Obama wrote on Friday. here.
The rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) continues to kill civilians and abduct children in remote regions of central Africa at an alarming rate with no end in sight.
Nearly three years after the LRA began its most current campaign of attacking villages and towns in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Southern Sudan, and the Central African Republic (CAR), an immense protection gap remains for hundreds of thousands of civilians who live in LRA-affected areas.
People living in Western Equatoria State, in the Republic of South Sudan continued to be abducted, killed by the Lord Resistance Army (LRA). The new government in the Republic of South Sudan could not provide adequate security, and the youth in the affected area have now resorted to protect the area, forming a team of youth armed with machetes, spears and bows and arrows. One cannot imagine how possible would it be to fight an army of men using automatic modern machine gun, against local untrained civilian armed with spears and bows and arrows. It is not possible at all.
It is believed that the U.S soldiers would provide intelligent to South Sudan army, Uganda Army, Central Africa Republic army and the Democratic Republic of Congo army to arrest LRA leader Joseph Kony and his followers. I am not sure if such mission would really succeed, given that there is someone out there who is determine to supply the LRA soldiers to defend themselves. The more than two decades insurgency caused by LRA means they have potential supporter behind them, supplying them with munition and guns that have made them survived for more than two decades, and only if such supporter could be brought to justice then there is a reason to believe LRA atrocities and insecurity in the area would end.