"There is a sense of a bit of shock wave to the LRA that the international community is not going to take this atrocity lightly anymore," he told U.S. News last year. "Having the troops there is a sign the U.S. wants to be engaged. And it is a very positive signal to a young country like South Sudan, where the LRA has always been."
Central African Republic has teetered on the brink of political collapse in recent months after rebel leader Michel Djotodia and his Seleka fighters captured the capital and ousted President Francois Bozize. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the "general ferment and lack of security that resulted from the Seleka rebel takeover" caused the shift in U.S. strategy.
"In light of the security situation in CAR, we, along with Uganda and some others, have put a pause on our operations only in CAR which are counter-LRA," she told reporters on Wednesday. "Our other activities and training and support continue. But we have to evaluate this on a day-by-day basis based on security."