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LRA being depleted by defections

Africa

Kampala, Uganda - An online organization that tracks the crimes of the Lord's Resistance Army says the rebel group is losing fighters through defections encouraged by United States military advisers.

The LRA Crisis Tracker said Monday that at least 19 LRA fighters defected in the last nine months. In the same period a senior rebel commander was captured while another was killed.

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File image - Ugandan soldiers patrol on April 19, 2012 through the central African jungle during an operation to fish out notorious Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony.

The LRA is led by Joseph Kony, a brutal warlord who catapulted to global fame last year when the U.S. charity Invisible Children made a popular online video highlighting his crimes. About 100 U.S. special forces are helping African troops to hunt down Kony. Only about 200 LRA fighters are still active, according to Ugandan officials, but the rebels still abduct civilians in Congo and the Central African Republic. - Sapa-AP

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