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Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe praises President Barack Obama's new effort to find African warlord

Sen Jim Inhofe, who has been pushing to stop warloard Joseph Kony’s reign of terror for many years, says the world can’t go another year without bringing him to justice.
by Chris Casteel Published: March 25, 2014

Sen. Jim Inhofe, an unrelenting critic of President Barack Obama on national security issues, praised the White House on Monday for sending aircraft and additional U.S. troops to help search for African warlord Joseph Kony.

A Pentagon spokesman Monday confirmed media reports that the Defense Department was dispatching aircraft and about 150 troops to Uganda, adding to the 100 Special Operations forces already serving as advisers in the area.

Inhofe, of Tulsa, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, pushed for U.S. involvement long before most people knew about Kony, the head of the Lord’s Resistance Army.

Kony was the subject of a 2012 video produced by the group Invisible Children. The video has nearly 100 million views on Youtube.

Inhofe said Monday, “Joseph Kony’s reign of terror has gone on far too long, and we cannot go on another year without bringing him and the LRA to justice.

“For the past three decades, Kony and his LRA have terrorized Africa, killing more than 100,000 people, displacing more than a million Africans and abducting tens of thousands of children for his army.”

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by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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