A Ugandan soldier tracking down Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) fugitive leaders takes position behind a machine gun at a forest bordering Central African Republic (CAR), South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo
Rebel warlord Joseph Kony is conducting operations in the ill-defined border areas of Sudan, South Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR), according to the head of the Ugandan army.
Kony, who rose to infamy after featuring in the online hit "Kony 2012" made by U.S. advocacy group Invisible Children, is still conducting his brutal campaign of rape, mutilation and abduction with the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) from the remote jungle areas, Aronda Nyakairima said.
A multinational African Union (AU) force, led by Ugandan troops and backed by a contingent of around 100 U.S. Special Forces, is hunting the fugitive warlord who was forced to scatter his forces after a botched U.S.-backed raid in 2008.
"The last intelligence that they got from someone who surrendered indicated that Kony was somewhere in western Bahr-el-Ghazal at a point where the triangular borders meet," Nyakairima said, according to Agence-France Presse.
The AU force has permission to hunt Kony in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the CAR and South Sudan, but cannot follow him into Sudan.
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In the past Nyakairima has accused Sudan of arming and harboring LRA rebels, after Uganda backed the southern separatist fighters who were battling the Khartoum government.
But while deceased LRA fighters had been discovered with brand new Sudanese army uniforms, he added there was no conclusive proof Khartoum was still aiding the LRA.
"We know that area has Khartoum forces deployed in Southern Darfur... We have not come across a rifle or a bomb, but certainly we came across brand new uniforms," Nyakairima said.
The information comes as the U.S. allowed journalists into one of its army bases in the region, from which American Special Forces troops are helping African soldiers hunt the fugitive rebel warlord.
Last year, President Barack Obama directed the U.S. troops to aid the AU force in its hunt for Kony and remnants of the LRA.
However the LRA's low-tech operations -- which include the use of runners to deliver messages -- are outsmarting America's technological superiority, according to experts.
"Kony is definitely still a threat. He's been on the run. He's on the decline, and in survival mode, but he is still dangerous and he's going to be dangerous until the LRA are eliminated," said a captain with U.S. Special Forces, speaking to CNN.
"We help our partner nation forces ask the right questions, the who, the what, the when, the where and the why, to get all the information."
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