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Is Hell a Place Called the Central African Republic?

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

There is a potential cultural/territorial/religious genocide taking place in the Central African Republic (CAR). The situation is predominantly one of Muslim nomadic cattle herders versus the 80 percent Christian and Animist farmers.

The state has lost all central power with the disintegration of the Michel Djotodia’s Seleka Alliance and the fragmentation into militias and warlords.

Bozize Loyalists Seize Bouca, Attack Rebels

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

In their first major military operation since Central African Republic president Bozize was toppled in March of this year, soldiers still loyal to the ousted president have began to strike back at the rebel movement that seized the capital earlier this year. Loyalist forces have seized the town of Bouca and the current government has accused the loyalists have attacking other villages and burning bridges near Muslim populations.

U.S. Offers Reward for Kony, Other War Criminals

By William Tucker

The U.S. State Department War Crimes Rewards Program is offering a five million dollar reward for information leading to the arrest, transfer, or conviction of the Lord’s Resistance Army leaders Joseph Kony, Okot Odhiambo, and Dominic Ongwen. U.S. Army Special Forces have been in Africa assisting in the search for Kony and his remaining lieutenants, but recent developments in the Central African Republic have affected the operation.

Central African Republic Government Falls to Rebels

By William Tucker

Despite agreeing to a peace deal only a few weeks ago, the Seleka rebels moved on CAR’S capital Bangui and seized power. Ousted President Francois Bozize has reportedly fled to neighboring Cameroon, while the African Union imposed sanctions on the Seleka leaders. Seleka rebel leader Michel Djotodia has publically stated that he is in power and will institute a peace agreement that will lead to elections in three years.

Senior LRA Commander Captured

By William Tucker Ugandan soldiers operating in the Central African Republic captured a senior strategist and commander of the Lords Resistance Army. Caesar Achellam, who has been with the LRA since 1984, was captured with his wife and child after splitting off from a group of 30 rebels. Uganda has been working with both the Central African Republic and South Sudan to pressure LRA rebels to put down their weapons.

U.S. Increases Footprint in Africa

By William Tucker In October of 2011, the U.S. deployed 100 Special Forces soldiers to Uganda for training local forces in the fight against the Lord’s Resistance Army. Today, AFRICOM stated that U.S. forces are now working against the LRA in Uganda, Central African Republic, South Sudan, and Congo. There was no word on whether the troop level was increased to facilitate this expansion of operations, however.