Uganda Nabs Top Kony Crony

Caesar Acellam was LRA's top military strategist
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2012 8:40 AM CDT
Updated May 13, 2012 10:32 AM CDT
Ugandan soldiers patrol on April 18, 2012 through the central African jungle during an operation to fish out notorious Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Ugandan forces today captured a senior commander of Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army, reports the BBC. Caesar Acellam is Kony's top military strategist, notes the AP, though he was not indicted alongside Kony by the ICC in 2005. "He is in good condition," says a Ugandan spokesman. "He was captured with two other rebels. They were in a group of 30 rebels."

Acellam was captured after a brief firefight along the Congo-Central African Republic border, but it's not clear how much resistance he put up. "He's been on the defection shelf for a long time," says an analyst. "This is a big intelligence coup for the Ugandan army." An anonymous Ugandan army official agreed: "He is big fish, very big fish," he says. (Read more Lord's Resistance Army stories.)

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