Obama Sends U.S. Military to Central Africa


President Barack Obama said Friday he is committing military force to help fight a central African guerrilla group accused of terrorizing civilians in several countries.

In a letter to Congress, Obama announced an initial deployment of 100 combat-equipped personnel to act as "advisers to partner forces" that are targeting the Lord's Resistance Army, a guerrilla force originally from northern Uganda. The president informed Congress through the War Powers Act.

"For more than two decades, the LRA has murdered, raped and kidnapped tens of thousands of men, women and children in central Africa," said Obama. "The group continues to commit atrocities across the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan. Regional military efforts have thus far been unsuccessful."

An initial U.S. military team deployed to Uganda on Wednesday and additional forces are to be sent during the next month.