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Obama Sends U.S. Troops To Chad To Find Nigerian Girls

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May 21, 2014 AT 2:35 PM
President Obama is sending 80 U.S. troops to Nigeria's eastern neighbor, Chad, to help find 276 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist terrorists. Obama, who made the announcement in a letter Wednesday to House Speaker John Boehner, described their mission as mainly surveillance support, such as operating drones. "These personnel will support the operation of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over northern Nigeria and the surrounding area," the letter said. Rep. Ed Royce, chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, welcomed the troop deployment, which he said is "vital in generating actionable intelligence for the search."