US Sends 80 Troops to Find Kidnapped Girls
Pentagon says they're going to Chad
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2014 3:28 PM CDT
Women attend a demonstration in Abuja, Nigeria, in this file photo.   (AP Photo / Sunday Alamba)

(Newser) – The US is putting some muscle behind its promise to help find the kidnapped girls of Nigeria. The White House told Congress today that it has sent 80 troops to neighboring Chad to help track down the girls and their Boko Haram captors, reports the Washington Post. The statement didn't spell out specifics except to say that "these personnel will support the operation of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over northern Nigeria and the surrounding area."

The White House letter adds that they will remain there until no longer needed. And that could be a while, as a Pentagon spokesman made clear yesterday. “We’re talking about an area roughly the size of West Virginia, and it’s dense forest jungle," he said of the search. Also today, Nigeria asked the UN to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist organization, a move that would give nations the power to freeze the group's assets and impose embargoes, reports CNN. Nigeria blames the group for yesterday's car bombings that killed more than 100.

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Chuck Roast
May 22, 2014 4:29 PM CDT
Why, because the US can now gather intelligence in the region....did anyone really think the current "administration" would send resources to Nigeria just to find kidnapped women?? Remember this is the government that uses dromes to kill it's own citizens on foreign soil without due process. ...
Corsica
May 22, 2014 9:17 AM CDT
Why the fk are we helping Nigeria at all?? They're an oil-rich country and get millions every year from USAID for military and economic aid. Where the fk is all that money going? Where is Nigeria's military? It was reported that certain units of their military REFUSED to go into that jungle area to locate the girls. R u fkg kidding me??
RAD45
May 22, 2014 8:33 AM CDT
"these personnel will support the operation of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft..." sorta sounds like the same line I heard way back when the first of "American advisors" were sent into South Vietnam. Nigeria -- and much of Africa -- is a tribal disaster and sending American troops for anything only means we become the targets of the local terrorists. This sets the prescedent for more American troops going in harm's way.