Uganda: US involved in fight against LRA
This is from a couple of days ago ...
General Wald also confirmed what had long been suspected - that the US is directly involved in the fight against the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda - although he would not be drawn on the form this assistance is taking.Note what is said in this profile of Uganda on the State Dept. website.
"I have met with [Uganda's] President Museveni. I have heard personally that he is very pleased with the support we are giving him," he said.
"Its not just moral support... But many things need to be kept a bit more private."
Prior to 2000, U.S. military forces participated with the UPDF in training activities under the African Crisis Response Initiative. U.S. military assistance was terminated in 2000 as a result of the Ugandan incursion into the DRC. Following the June 2003 UPDF withdrawal of troops from the DRC, the U.S. has restarted limited nonlethal military assistance.UPDATE: In a March 26 interview, US ambassador to Uganda Jimmy Kolker addressed the nature of the military aid. He says the US has given $80 million for humanitarian assistance.
Between $1.9 million and $2 million is all we have given to the military so far, and we only started this after they withdrew from [the Democratic Republic of the] Congo, which was a condition. The military assistance so far is basically trucks and radios. The training we offer is in civil/military affairs, human rights, etc.