Bending the Spear: The Campaign Against the Lord’s Resistance Army
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U.S. Operation OBSERVANT COMPASS, launched in 2011, supported Ugandan efforts against the LRA that began in 1986. The combined effort has been widely lauded for its humanitarian approach to a rebel force largely composed of abducted child soldiers. The Ugandans isolated the LRA from popular support and forced them to flee to neighboring states in 2008. Due to the effectiveness of this approach and the recent withdrawal of U.S. and Ugandan forces, the authors developed a case study of the conflict to identify lessons learned before the opportunity was lost.
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