The lush, green forests of central Africa have long been the playground and refuge of the continent’s most-notorious warlord, Joseph Kony.

His Lord’s Resistance Army, which began with the aim of overthrowing the Ugandan government, has since spread to remote hinterlands on the borders of the Central African Republic, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Though officials don’t know exactly where Kony is, U.S. troops have been sent to the area to help find and defeat the LRA leader.

They have made progress. But as CNN has learned, much work remains to be done — both to locate Kony and to restore a sense of stability and safety to the region.

“Kony is definitely still a threat. He’s been on the run. He’s on the decline, and in survival mode, but he is still dangerous and he’s going to be dangerous until the LRA are eliminated,” said a captain with U.S. Special Forces.

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