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Sen. Jim Inhofe pleased president beefing up effort to capture Joseph Kony

by Chris Casteel Published: March 24, 2014
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WASHINGTON — Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa — who has been an unrelenting critic of President Barack Obama on national security issues — said Monday that he’s pleased the president is dispatching more troops and aircraft to central Africa to search for warlord Joseph Kony.

The Washington Post reported Monday that the president had authorized at least four Osprey aircraft, refueling aircraft and additional special operations forces to hunt for the head of the Lords Resistance Army.

Inhofe, a frequent traveler to Africa and one of the first U.S. lawmakers to condemn Kony’s atrocities in Uganda, successfully sponsored legislation to authorize U.S. military advisers to help Uganda’s army in the search.

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.

“I am glad to see the president respond to my requests as well as the requests of many Americans to support those in Africa working to stop Kony and eradicate the LRA.”

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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