Kampala. The 150 American soldiers recently deployed by President Barrack Obama to hunt down the Lord’s Resistance Army rebels and their elusive leader Joseph Kony in Central Africa have arrived in Uganda. According to government sources, the American air crew and support staff for the airplanes that will be transporting troops in the war theatre arrived in the country three days ago. The deployment of CV-22 Osprey aircraft will enable quick troops movement in the war theatre. The Public Affairs officer at the American Embassy in Kampala, Mr Daniel Travis, confirmed their arrival but couldn’t give specifics of location of the troops in the country.
Similar rules of engagement“We cannot comment on operations or specific locations of the visiting aircraft and crew, other than to reiterate that we do not expect them to be in Uganda for an extended period of time,” Mr Travis said
Mr Travis also said they still have the same rules of engagement. US personnel are not to engage the LRA directly, except in self-defence. The same rules apply to the new arrivals.
resident Obama ordered deployment of the force and an aircraft to boost African Union forces hunting Kony in the thick jungles of the Central Africa Republic.
The African Union regional task force comprising Ugandans, Congolese, S. Sudanese, and CAR forces continues the search for LRA rebels who displaced thousands in the region.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor