General Thomas Waldhauser, head of the US military’s Africa Command, on Friday has stated that US military operations against the Lord’s Resistance Army in central Africa are “coming to an end,”. This announcement comes after the deployment and presence of the US in the region since 2010, of around 100 Special Forces to work with regional armies to defeat the LRA and try to capture Kony.
Waldhauser said “several hundred, maybe thousands” of Kony’s soldiers have been killed in joint US military operations with regional armies.
“For the last several years, they’ve really been reduced to irrelevance,” he said, adding that the group had about 100 remaining fighters.
The group whose leader Joseph Kony remains on the run, in hiding and who has been accused of numerous crimes of human rights abuses, including mutilation, rape, child abduction and use of child soldiers, has killed more than 100,000 people and kidnapped 60,000 children in a war that has spanned three decades in northern Uganda, South Sudan, Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Kony is believed to be physically sick, and also rumoured to be suffering from Diabetes and AIDS, according to the US National Counter-terrorism Center.
General Thomas Waldhauser has said the United States would continue to work with countries in the region against a resurgence of the LRA.