Rebels seized several major cities and towns as they advanced on the Central African Republic’s capital city of Bangui in December, 2012. Neighboring Chad sent around 2,000 troops to aid the CAR government. After only three weeks of fighting, by December 30, the rebels controlled about one-third of the country, and were in place to assault Bangui. Also in late December, France sent more troops to augment the forces they already had in the country. France had publicly stated that they would not intervene to save the government from the rebels, but were only interested in protecting French citizens. Unless a resolution to this new conflict is arrived at soon, this new African bush war will become one of the new conflicts and wars of 2013.
The U.S. evacuated diplomats and other citizens, but the U.S. Special Forces troops in the CAR are to remain in place. These American troops are in the CAR to aid in the international effort to capture Joseph Kony and end the threat posed by his Lord’s Resistance Army.