Kony Search Could Take Years: US
Reports put him in Sudan, Central African Republic
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 30, 2012 6:55 AM CDT
Updated Apr 30, 2012 7:55 AM CDT
Ugandan soldiers patrol on April 18, 2012 through the Central African jungle during an operation to fish out Joseph Kony.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The search for Joseph Kony continues, and it could be a long time—even years—before we see results, US officials say. They believe the warlord is hiding in the jungles of the Central African Republic, but his low-tech survival methods—no radios, no phones, just messengers on foot—have thus far stymied searchers, whom 100 US troops are advising from five camps in four countries. "This is not going to be an easy slog," the Navy SEAL in charge of the hunt tells the Washington Post, which reports that African troops are tracking Kony across a dense and remote area roughly the size of California.

In their advisory role, US troops aren't allowed to use the weapons they carry unless threatened. Instead, they're focused on gathering intelligence—which has proved a challenge amid conflicting reports. Locals point the finger at Kony for all kinds of trouble, and picking out real leads can be difficult. Meanwhile, yesterday, the head of Uganda's effort against Kony said he was in the Central African Republic, but a Ugandan military spokesman says the warlord is in Sudan, receiving backing from its leaders, reports the BBC. A US official says troops haven't seen evidence of such support.

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BCS
Apr 30, 2012 10:54 AM CDT
LMAO, it might take a lot longer then that seeing as he's most likely dead. They should trade in their guns for shovels if they really want to find him. What a joke! Invisible Children should be renamed Invisible Money, because the people who need it never see it. Fuck them and the pedophile liars in government. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCHMyN92T7U 5200 pentagon workers bought child pornography. Our troops are on the ground there. I wonder if the executive branch asked congress for permission. Article 1 section 8 clause 11 of the United States Constitution. It is congresses exclusive right to declare war, except during an actual or imminent attack against the territory of the United States. The use of offensive military force by a president without prior and clear authorization from an act of congress is a direct violation of congresses exclusive power to declare war.
slammer
Apr 30, 2012 9:54 AM CDT
y o y are we even there?
Scaramouche
Apr 30, 2012 8:35 AM CDT
"In their advisory role, US troops aren't allowed to use the weapons they carry unless threatened." Oh yeah, I know that one. You just have to put the troops into that 'threatening situation,' and it's weapons free!