A small number of U.S. troops were sent to Central Africa to assist local forces in their fight against a Christian militia, named the Lord's Resistance Army. The group is known for murdering, raping, maiming, and otherwise terrorizing its victims. It is not uncommon for entire villages to be massacred.

In a letter to Congress about the deployment, President Obama said: “For more than two decades, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has murdered, raped and kidnapped tens of thousands of men, women and children in central Africa...The LRA continues to commit atrocities across the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan that have a disproportionate impact on regional security.”

In addition to their atrocious acts, the LRA also has a practice of using child soldiers to carry out the self proclaimed prophet-leader Joseph Kony's evil decrees.