- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 25, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama administration officials on Tuesday insisted the U.S. military operation against a ruthless guerrilla group in central Africa is a limited deployment with the specific goal of ending the threat of the Lord's Resistance Army.

Officials from the State and Defense departments on faced skeptical members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Republicans and Democrats generally backed President Obama’s decision to send 100 troops as advisers in the battle against the group and its leader, Joseph Kony. But they worried about an open-ended commitment that could involve more American forces.

The officials said that the Lord's Resistance Army is weakened but that Mr. Kony and top commanders remain at large and continue to order the group’s members to commit atrocities.

Officials said the goal is to capture or kill Mr. Kony and his commanders.

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