African Union forces start hunt for Joseph Kony

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Posted: Sep 18, 2012 12:16 PM
African Union forces start hunt for Joseph Kony

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A military official says Ugandan troops tracking infamous rebel leader Joseph Kony have handed over command of the operation to African Union troops from Uganda, South Sudan and the Central African Republic.

The ceremony took place Tuesday in the South Sudanese town of Nzara, said Ugandan Maj. Alex Ahabyona, an intelligence officer for the Kony operation.

The AU force, which was announced early this year, had failed to start earlier because of lack of equipment and troops. It remains unclear how many of the proposed 5,000 troops have been amassed, although the handover ceremony suggests they have enough to start with. The force will be led by Ugandan Col. Dick Olum.

Some 100 U.S. troops are helping regional governments to eliminate Kony and his murderous Lord's Resistance Army.