U.S. ends mil­i­tary mis­sion against rebel group

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - WORLD NEWS -

NAIROBI, Kenya — The head of U.S. armed forces in Africa says the force is end­ing its mis­sion against Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Re­sis­tance Army be­cause the se­nior lead­er­ship of the rebel group has been “taken off the bat­tle­field.” In a con­fer­ence call with re­porters, Gen. Thomas Wald­hauser said Kony’s rebel group is fight­ing for rel­e­vancy af­ter a num­ber of its se­nior lead­ers have been killed or cap­tured. Wald­hauser’s com­ments come a day af­ter the Ugan­dan gov­ern­ment an­nounced it would end the search for Kony, the LRA leader who is wanted by the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court. The U.S. an­nounced last month it would end its hunt for Kony. In 2011 the U.S. de­ployed roughly 100 spe­cial forces troops as ad­vis­ers to fight the LRA, and sent an ad­di­tional 150 air­men to as­sist African forces in the search for Kony.

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