Skooter reports 11/01/13]
U.S. Special Forces have stepped up their efforts to help track and locate the infamous African warlordin the almost two years since a nonentity NGO released a viral video campaign calling for his capture.
For couple years the troops have been on land in the Congo region, merely supporting local troops across four countries in the region, but as of late they have long-drawn-out their efforts to capture Kony, leader of the guerilla group the Lord’s Resistance Army. Their forefront efforts perhaps due to the latest KONY 2012 campaign by the California-based group Invisible Children.
Ben Keesey, co-founder of Invisible Children said: “We are encouraged by the way that our work may have been a factor. If you look at all the factors in bringing someone to justice, Joseph Kony and the LRA checks all the boxes.”
Kony, one of the world’s most notorious war criminals, has used his LRA to devastate villages across the Congo region and abducted and agonized young children, from time to time forcing them to be soldiers against their will. There has been a 57% drop in abductions, since Kony’s activities have been brought to the world's attention.
Four dozen of South Sudanese troops were being led by the Special Forces last month deep into the heart of the Congo to pinpoint a makeshift LRA encampment. For the first time, the assault was being backed up by the U.S. advisers on the ground.
Kony is supposed to be hiding in the lawless Central African Republic but U.S. soldiers have augmented support to Ugandan troops looking for the war criminal and have improved training of South Sudanese and Congolese troops involved in the search.
It is believed that the Special Forces are closing in on Kony's trail. The warlord was cast out of Sudan, a long time sanctuary for the tormentor, and reports have said that he is losing his grip on the Congo region as many LRA soldiers are defecting or surrendering.
Keesey said: “It’s hard to give a time frame to when he will be captured. While he no longer can hide in the Sudan, Kony still exploits some of the poorest regions on the planet. But it’s really an encouraging time where we can see more and more progress made towards his capture.”