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US troops to help fight African rebels

ADVISERS:Human rights groups have welcomed the decision to aid in fighting the Lord’s Resistance Army, but analysts warned of a ‘difficult and complicated operation’

AFP, Washington

Obama said in his message that the LRA had “murdered, raped and kidnapped tens of thousands of men, women and children in central Africa.”

In 2009, Congress enacted a law expressing support for increased US efforts to mitigate and eliminate the threat posed to civilians by the LRA.

A year ago, Obama unveiled a plan to disarm the LRA and increase humanitarian access to affected communities.

Human rights and anti-genocide groups welcomed Obama’s decision.

“President Obama is showing decisive leadership to help regional governments finally bring an end to the LRA’s mass atrocities,” Resolve director of advocacy Paul Ronan said.

Enough Project co-founder John Prendergast said the US troops could play a catalytic role if they were used as part of a wider multinational strategy.

“Missing elements include more capable forces dedicated to the apprehension of Joseph Kony and protection of civilians, and an intelligence and logistics surge from the US to help those forces succeed,” he said.

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