Uganda Stops Looking for Kony
Suspends search after CAR coup
By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2013 9:35 AM CDT
Joseph Kony and his fighters remain at large while Ugandan troops deal with a different rebel army.   (AP Photo/Stuart Price, File, Pool)

(Newser) Jason Russell's naked meltdown didn't stop the hunt for Joseph Kony, but a Central African coup has—at least temporarily. Uganda has suspended its 3,000-troop-strong search for Africa's most wanted warlord following the recent rebel takeover of Central African Republic, Reuters reports. "These rebels have been openly hostile to us and following that, the president [of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni] has ordered us only to be in defensive positions," said the leader of the Ugandan force. "So we've temporarily suspended offensive operations against the LRA for now until we receive further orders."

The Ugandan troops are part of a 5,000-member force that had been hunting the warlord, and the fate of the other countries' troops remains to be seen. However, local media reports that the US support operation, comprised of 100 troops, has been "temporarily paused," per a US embassy source.