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There and this is a Fox News alert tonight American combat troops are in harm's way in a new dangerous theater.
US special forces are now on the ground in Central Africa with more on the -- The first declared US military mission sub saharan Africa since the infamous black hawk down incident in Mogadishu's Somalia.
That left eighteen soldiers dead and 73 wounded.
As -- -- has correspondent Ed Henry reports the president is deploying these troops to train and advise African forces.
Fighting a notorious army blamed for years of murder rape and kidnapping.
But the US deployment raises questions why now.
Why there and not other hot spots.
It -- -- in Central Africa tried to hunt down the rebel leader Joseph coney.
Wanted for a brutal campaign of murder rape and kidnapping -- getting girls to become a sex slaves.
The move was disclosed by President Obama in a letter to congressional leaders Friday afternoon as He -- a General Motors factory in Michigan with South Korean president Lee.
Administration officials stress the 100 US special operations fighters will only be there for months but still a dramatic move for a president who repeatedly made the case against US boots on the ground in Libya.
I said that America's role would be limited.
-- we would not put ground troops into -- While the president stressed to congressional leaders the US troops will be advisors.
Experts note they could be drawn into combat in self defense.
Unanimously in both houses passed -- passed -- -- in 2009.
Calling on the president to put a stop to -- Joseph coney and the Lord's Resistance Army.
That legislation signed into law by the president last year made it US policy to eliminate the threat of the LRA.
The president's move one in Louisiana six support from Republican senator Jim -- -- who noted the LRA is a small but vicious army.
And -- young kids there you from eleven to thirteen fourteen years old.
Teach him how to use AK forty sevens how defied then they send them back to their villages.
Then they have to murder of their siblings and his siblings their parents and if they don't do that they come back they haven't passed the desk in -- mutilated.
Without mentioning the LRA specifically.
Joint chiefs chairman general Martin Dempsey on Thursday made a strong case to congress for having a presence in Africa to snuff out potential threats to the US store presence on the African continent is part of our network of building partners.
And then when targeting approaches are targeting it reaches the level of refinement we can act on.
Now officials here at the White House and on the hill are stressing tonight that a key difference from -- that was a large nation with a dictator a big army in this case is one lone terrorist.
With a ragtag group of about 400 fighter so so much more limited mission nevertheless Republican House armed services chairman -- McCain.
Valley tonight he's gonna watch all this very closely -- And it's important historically limited missions can lead to bigger missions of course.
The question is about this release Friday afternoon.
This letter up to Capitol Hill the Pentagon seemed to be caught off guard at least at first.
That it was coming out today it seemed like -- -- in the works for a long time but no one.
In this town had a clear idea especially on the hill pentagon at various areas that was really all coming together.
This quickly now Saturday in office He saw was a supporter of this mission.
Nonetheless that He thought the White House was not fully engaged here early enough but the White House pushes back on that -- -- this is the president.
A present Obama as the president who signed into law.
-- moving forward to crack down.
On on on these rebels and they say they're moving as swiftly as they can now -- okay it's a big story ahead thank you much more on this -- the.
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