By DONNA CASSATA
WASHINGTON (AP) – Joseph Kony’s days are numbered as offers of amnesty have produced better intelligence on the brutal African warlord’s whereabouts, a top senator said Wednesday as lawmakers signaled they will push for expanding the State Department‘s rewards for justice program to target the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army.
“The noose is beginning to tighten,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., who traveled to central Africa earlier this month and met with U.S. military advisers and Africans in the hunt for Kony.
The warlord and his ruthless guerrilla group, the Lord’s Resistance Army, are responsible for a 26-year campaign of terror in Central Africa that has been marked by child abductions and widespread killings. Last year, President Barack Obama dispatched 100 U.S. troops – mostly Army Special Forces – to Central Africa to advise regional forces in their hunt for Kony, a military move that received strong bipartisan support.
In recent weeks, Kony has become a household name as a video by the group Invisible Children went viral on the Internet, viewed by some 100 million people.
Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, particularly the subcommittee on African Affairs, focused on Kony long before the video but have