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US Welcomes Arrest of Senior LRA Member |
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The White House Monday welcomed thecapture by Ugandan forces of a top member of the Lord's Resistance Armywhich raised hopes the net could be tightening around the group's leaderJoseph Kony.Caesar Acellam, considered the LRA's fourth-highest ranking member, wasarrested by Ugandan forces in Central African Republic and was flownSunday to the South Sudanese headquarters of the regional armies huntingthe LRA."The United States congratulates the government of Uganda on the captureof one of the senior commanders of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) by theUgandan military," said White House spokesman Jay Carney."The capture... (of Acellam) is a testament to the resolve of Uganda and itsmilitary forces to work with regional forces to end the threat posed by theLRA."The Ugandan army is leading a US-backed African Union force tasked withcapturing the LRA's leaders, several of whom are wanted for war crimes bythe International Criminal Court in The Hague.Kony started his rebellion in northern Uganda more than two decades ago,but has since been chased to the jungles of neighboring central Africanstates.The LRA has since been wrecking havoc in the Central African Republic,South Sudan, Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.Kony is wanted by the ICC for rape, mutilation and murder of civilians, as well