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US sends more troops, aircraft to search for Kony

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March 23, 2014 11:54 PM EST | AP

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A newspaper is reporting that the U.S. is sending military aircraft as well as an increased number of special operations forces to Uganda to assist in the search for fugitive African warlord Joseph Kony.

The Washington Post says the U.S. is sending at least four CV-22 Osprey aircraft to help in the hunt for Kony. President Barack Obama is also sending about 150 more Air Force special operations members and airmen to assist local forces in their long-running battle against Kony's Lord's Resistance Army. Obama sent about 100 U.S. troops to help the African forces in 2011.

The LRA is accused by the United Nations and human rights groups of killing and mutilating innocent civilians and kidnapping thousands of children, forcing them to be soldiers and sex slaves.