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Wednesday
Oct192011

Exclusive: Obama Saw 'Obligation' to Send Troops to Uganda

The White House(JAMESTOWN, N.C.) -- On Friday, we learned that President Obama authorized the deployment of 100 Special Forces troops to Central Africa to help regional armies remove from the battlefield senior leaders of the Lord’s Resistance Army, which is known for committing horrific crimes as well as using child soldiers.

Tuesday, in an exclusive interview with President Obama, ABC News senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper asked about the “process of agreeing to deploy troops in a situation like this where you know that these Special Forces might have to return fire and they might be firing upon child soldiers.  How difficult is that as a decision to make?”

The president responded that “none of these decisions are easy.  But those who are familiar with the Lord’s Resistance Army and their leader, Mr. Kony, know that these are some of the most vicious killers, they terrorize villages, they take children into custody and turn them into child soldiers, they engage in rape and slaughter in villages they go through.  They have been a scourge on Uganda and that entire region, Eastern Africa."

“So there has been strong bi-partisan support and a coalition -- everything from evangelical Christians to folks on the left and human rights organizations -- who have said it is an international obligation for us to try to take them on,” Obama continued.  “And so given that bipartisan support across the board belief that we have to do something about this, what we’ve done is we’ve provided these advisers, they are not going to be in a situation where they are called upon to hunt down the Lord’s Resistance Army or actively fire on them, but they will be in a position to protect themselves."

“What they can do is provide the logistical support that is needed, the advice, the training and the logistical support that hopefully will allow this kind of stuff to stop,” he said.

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Friday
Oct142011

US Special Forces Mission to Africa Planned for More Than a Year

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The mission to deploy U.S. military forces to Uganda -- about 100 over the next month -- has been pending for well over a year, but special ops forces weren’t available before now, according to senior military official.

The challenge has been “the availability of special forces, ” said the official. “Now, because of a decreased commitment in other places we were able to bring them in.”

The official was optimistic that U.S. forces can help the Africans find and capture Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony and other senior LRA leaders although the official doubted that Kony would allow himself to be taken alive.

The mission is intended to be training, “not operational,” according to the official. When asked for an explanation, he said that the U.S. forces will indeed be going out on “training” patrols with the Africans, which he said could indeed be dangerous. But, he added, if the Africans actually execute a mission to go find Kony or senior leaders the U.S. trainers will not go with them.

“If it is intelligence driven and they are conducting a specific raid, U.S. will not go,” he said.

The official said that in the past few days there have been big discussions about whether congress had to be notified and it was determined notification must be made because the U.S. troops are “combat equipped.”

This official thinks the way the information was released has gotten it “rolled way out of proportion.”

He described the mission as better enabling and aiding the African troops to capture and kill Kony and senior leaders.

Is this open ended? “Yes, but I don’t think it will be too terribly long.”

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