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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said Sunday that U.S. military “personnel” being sent to Uganda to help fight the rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army will not participate in actual fighting.

Museveni told a news conference it was wrong to say that the U.S. was sending troops to fight the LRA and its brutal leader Joseph Kony.

“Better to call them U.S. personnel, not troops,” Museveni said.

The Americans will help gather intelligence, he said.

“When you call them troops you are saying that they are coming to fight on our behalf,” Museveni said. “We shall never have troops coming to fight for us. I cannot accept foreign troops to come and fight for me. We have the capacity to fight our wars.”

President Barack Obama announced Friday he is dispatching about 100 U.S. troops — mostly special operations forces — to central Africa to advise in the fight against the LRA, a guerrilla group accused of widespread atrocities across several countries. Some experts suggest that the U.S. move is to reward Uganda for its contributions to the African Union force in Somalia that fights the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militia.

Museveni said Sunday that the U.S. has been supporting its fight against Kony already, including sharing satellite intelligence and assisting with helicopters.

Source: The Associated Press via CBS News.

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