Thursday, March 25, 2004

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.

"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."
Note what is said in this profile of Uganda on the State Dept. website.
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.