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AFRICOM Related News Clips 30 April 2012

AFRICOM Related News Clips 30 April 2012

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United States Africa CommandPublic Affairs Office30 April 2012
USAFRICOM - related news stories
Good morning. Please see today's news review for April 30, 2012.Of interest in today's report-U.S. special forces help in hunt for warlord Kony-Attack onchristians in Nigeria kills at least 15:witness-Mali coup leader rejects ECOWAS troop deployment-Sudan 'declares emergency' on border with South SudanU.S. Africa Command Public AffairsPlease send questions or comments to:publicaffairs@usafricom.mil 421-2687 (+49-711-729-2687)
 
04/30/2012
 
Associated Press(AP)
OBO, Central African Republic -- Deep in the jungle, this small, remote Central African village is farther from the coastthan any point on the continent. It's also where three international armies have zeroed in on Joseph Kony, one of theworld's most wan...
 
04/30/2012
 
Reuters
 
OBO, Central African Republic (Reuters) - In a bare concrete room in a far-flung corner of Central African Republic,U.S. special forces and Ugandan soldiers map out the hunt for one of Africa's most wanted rebel leaders hiding in anarea the size of Calif...
04/30/2012
 
Voice of America
 
For years, Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA, have terrorized the people of central Africa,abducting thousands of children and killing hundreds of people in a brutal insurgency. Many people hope the arrival ofU.S. Special Forces in the region will bring an end to the group.
 
04/29/2012
 
Washington Post
As U.S. helicopters approached in darkness a year ago, Osama bin Laden was woefully unprepared: no means ofescape, no way to destroy files, no succession plan.
04/29/2012
 
Thomson Reuters
KANO, Nigeria (Reuters) - Gunmen killed at least 15 people and wounded many more on Sunday in an attack on auniversity theatre being used by Christian worshippers in Kano, a northern Nigerian city where hundreds have died inIslamist attacks this year.
 
04/28/2012
 
Washington Post
 
ISHERI, Nigeria -- Nigeria journalists, already the targets of threats and bribes, face a new danger after a radicalIslamist sect bombed the offices of a major newspaper in the country and vowed to "hit the media hard" in Africa's
 
most populous nation.
04/29/2012
 
France 24
AFP - The captain who led a coup in Mali last month before handing power back to a civilian president rejectedSaturday the decision by West African states to send troops.
 
04/29/2012
 
Thomson Reuters
 
JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan, embroiled in a border dispute with its northern neighbour Sudan, said on Sunday atleast 21 people died in two days of clashes between the South's army and Khartoum-backed rebels in the South's oil-
 
producing Upper Nile state.
 
04/29/2012
 
BBC News
 
Sudan has reportedly declared a state of emergency along its border with South Sudan after weeks of clashes.
 
04/29/2012
 
Washington Post
 
TRIPOLI, Libya -- Libya's interim ruling council decided Sunday to keep its current Cabinet despite an internal row
 
over dismissing it for alleged incompetence, with a crucial election less than two months away.
04/29/2012
 
Thomson Reuters
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan's ambassador to the United Nations has defended his country's right to use air strikesagainst South Sudanese troops who Khartoum says are inside Sudanese territory.
 
04/28/2012
 
CNN.com
 
(CNN) -- The campaign of French presidential front-runner Francois Hollande called for a criminal investigation intoPresident Nicolas Sarkozy after a media report Saturday accused the president of taking 50 million euros ($66.3million) for his 2007 campa...
04/28/2012
 
Daily Monitor
 
Sweat dripping from his unkempt beard, second lieutenant Kasim Lukumo halted briefly to point at the thick tangle ofthe central African jungle.
 
04/29/2012
 
Thomson Reuters
RABAT (Reuters) - A Moroccan editor who rights activists say was unjustly prosecuted for criticising the authoritieswalked free after completing his one-year jail sentence on Saturday and demanded an end to the practice of sending journalists to prison.
04/29/2012
 
Thomson Reuters
 
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Eritrean state television has broadcast an interview with President Isaias Afewerki to quashspeculation about his health after days of absence from public view.
 
04/28/2012
 
Washington Post
 
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- A South African security trainer was killed by his bodyguard in Somalia's semiautonomous
 
region of Puntland, officials said Saturday.
04/29/2012
 
AllAfrica.com
 
Harare -- PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe will only anoint a successor in his Zanu PF party after elections, which the 88-year-old leader wants held this year hoping to win against all odds. Mugabe insisted last week he would not quit power
 
until after all foreign...
04/29/2012
 
United NationsNews Service
 
-Security Council welcomes conviction in war crimes trial of Charles Taylor
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U.S. special forces help in hunt for warlord Kony |
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04/30/2012
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OBO, Central African Republic -- Deep in the jungle, this small, remote CentralAfrican village is farther from the coast than any point on the continent. It's also where threeinternational armies have zeroed in on Joseph Kony, one of the world's most wanted warlords.Obo was the first place in the Central African Republic that Kony's Lord's Resistance Armyattacked in 2008; today, it's one of four forward operating locations where U.S. special forceshave paired up with local troops and Ugandan soldiers to seek out Kony, who is believed likelyto be hiding out in the rugged terrain northwest of the town. For seven years he has beenwanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity after hisforces cut a wide and bloody swath across several central African nations with rapes,abductions and killings.Part of the LRA's success in eluding government forces has been its ability to slip back and forthover the porous borders of the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Congo. But since latelast year, U.S. forces have been providing intelligence, looking at patterns of movement, andsetting up better communications to link the countries' forces together so that they can bettertrack the guerrilla force.Sent by President Barack Obama at the end of 2011, the 100 U.S. soldiers are split up about 15to 30 per base, bringing in American technology and experience to assist local forces.Exact details on specific improvements that the American forces have brought to the table,however, are classified, to avoid giving Kony the ability to take countermeasures."We don't necessarily go and track into the bush but what we do is we incorporate ourexperiences with the partner nation's experiences to come up with the right solution to go outand hopefully solve this LRA problem," said Gregory, a 29-year-old captain from Texas, whowould only give his first name in accordance with security guidelines.The U.S. troops also receive reports from local hunters and others that they help analyzetogether with surveillance information."It's very easy to blame everything on the LRA but there are other players in the region -- thereare poachers, there are bandits, and we have to sift that to filter what is LRA," he said.Central African Republic soldiers largely conduct security operations in and around the town,while Ugandan soldiers, who have been in the country since 2010, conduct longer-range patrolslooking for Kony and his men.Since January, they have killed seven LRA fighters in the area and captured one, while rescuing15 people abducted by the group including five children, said their local commander, Col.Joseph Balikuddembe.There has been no contact with the LRA since March, however, according to Ugandan Armyspokesman Col. Felix Kulayigye, who said the LRA now is in survival mode. The LRA is thoughtto today number only around 150 to 300 die-hard fighters.

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