OSINT – LRA

Also Known As: LRA

Description:  The LRA is an ethnic Acholi and Christian fringe group in Central Africa.  The United States included the Lord’s Resistance Army on the Terrorist Exclusion List in May 2010. Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, was added to the Specially Designated Global Terrorist in 2008. Moreover, the U.S. deployed around 100 soldiers to track down Kony in November 2011.

Targets: Key targets of the LRA include Ugandan, Sudanese, Central African Republican, and Congolese military and civic personnel, U.N. and AU targets of opportunity, and civilians – especially children.

Activities: The Lord’s Resistance Army has executed numerous attacks against its targets, including cross border raids and abductions. The group has gained infamy for its abduction of children in order to use them as indoctrinated soldiers or bush wives. The LRA has been able to escape and evade military forces from the four main countries it terrorizes, giving the group staying power in the remote areas of Central Africa.

Propaganda: The LRA’s charismatic leader, Joseph Kony, was profiled in the internet phenomenon “Kony 2012,” leading his notoriety to become viral.

Strength: Estimated to be in the low hundreds.

AO: Borders of South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and the Central African Republic

Funding and External Aid:  The Lord’s Resistance Army uses TNOC, such as the poaching of animals’ hides and tusks, as well as hostage taking, to fund its operations.

LRA's AO, courtesy of the NCTC

LRA’s AO, courtesy of the NCTC

Joseph Kony, courtesy of the BBC

Joseph Kony, courtesy of the BBC

Local Media:

All Africa. Lord’s Resistance Army.” 2014. Accessed December 28, 2014.

Bakhita Radio. Lord’s Resistance Army.” 2014. Accessed December 28, 2014.

Eye Radio. Lord’s Resistance Army.” 2014. Accessed December 28, 2014.

Gurtong. Kony.” 2014. Accessed December 28, 2014.

The New Sudan Vision. Lord’s Resistance Army.” 2014. Accessed December 28, 2014.

New Vision. “Lord’s Resistance Army.” 2014. Accessed December 28, 2014.

The Observer. Lord’s Resistance Army.” 2014. Accessed December 28, 2014.

South Sudan News Agency. “Kony.” 2014. Accessed December 28, 2014.

Global Media:

Al Jazeera. Lord’s Resistance Army .” Accessed December 29, 2014.

BBC. Lord’s Resistance Army.” 2014. Accessed December 29, 2014.

CNN. Lord’s Resistance Army.” 2014. Accessed December 29, 2014.

Foreign Affairs. “Lord’s Resistance Army.” 2014. Accessed December 29, 2014.

Foreign Policy. “Lord’s Resistance Army.” 2014. Accessed December 29, 2014.

The Guardian. “Joseph Kony.” 2014. Accessed December 29, 2014.

NPR. Lord’s Resistance Army .” 2014. Accessed December 28, 2014.

NYT. “Lord’s Resistance Army.” 2014. Accessed December 29, 2014.

Reuters. Lord’s Resistance Army.” 2014. Accessed December 29, 2014.

VICE News. “Lord’s Resistance Army.” 2014. Accessed December 29, 2014.

VOA. Lord’s Resistance Army.” 2014. Accessed December 29, 2014.

WaPo. “Lord’s Resistance Army .” 2014. Accessed December 28, 2014.

Think Tanks / Academic:

AEI. “Lord’s Resistance Army.” Accessed December 29, 2014.

Amnesty International. “Kony.” Accessed December 29, 2014.

Brookings. “Lord’s Resistance Army .” Accessed December 29, 2014.

CFR. “Lord’s Resistance Army .” Accessed December 29, 2014.

CRS. “Crisis in the Central African Republic.” May 14, 2014. Accessed December 29, 2014.

CRS. “The Democratic Republic of Congo: Background and Current Developments.” September 1, 2011. Accessed December 29, 2014.

CRS. “International Criminal Court Cases in Africa: Status and Policy Issues.” July 22, 2011. Accessed December 29, 2014.

CRS. “The Lord’s Resistance Army: The U.S. Response.” May 15, 2014. Accessed December 29, 2014.

CRS. “Uganda: Current Conditions and the Crisis in North Uganda.” June 8, 2011. Accessed December 29, 2014.

CSIS. “Lord’s Resistance Army .” Accessed December 28, 2014.

CTC. “Lord’s Resistance Army .” Accessed December 29, 2014.

FAS. “Lord’s Resistance Army.” May 22, 2002. Accessed December 29, 2014.

Global Security. “Lord’s Resistance Army.” Accessed December 29, 2014.

HRW. “Kony.” Accessed December 29, 2014.

ICC. “Situation in Uganda.” Accessed December 29, 2014.

ICG. “Lord’s Resistance Army.” 2014. Accessed December 29, 2014.

Invisible Children. 2014. Accessed December 29, 2014.

TRAC. “Lord’s Resistance Army.” Accessed December 29, 2014.

Government:

Defense Department. “Lord’s Resistance Army.” Accessed December 29, 2014.

DIA. “Annual Threat Assessment.” February 11, 2014.

NCTC. “Lord’s Resistance Army.” 2014. Accessed December 29, 2014.

State Department. “Lord’s Resistance Army.” 2014. Accessed December 29, 2014.

U.S. Congress. “Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009.” Accessed December 29, 2014.

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