Obama sends U.S. troops to Chad to help search for missing Nigerian girls

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President Obama has ordered about 80 U.S. troops into Chad, a country that borders Nigeria, to help search for the more than 200 still-missing girls and young women kidnapped by Boko Haram.

Obama, in a letter Wednesday to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate President Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said the Armed Forces would “support the operation of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over northern Nigeria and the surrounding area.”

Obama wrote that the personnel would remain in Chad to resolve the situation until they were “no longer required.”

“This action has been directed in furtherance of U.S. national security and foreign policy interests, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct U.S. foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive,” Obama said. “I am providing this report as part of my efforts to keep the Congress fully informed, consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148)."

The missing girls were kidnapped in mid-April from northeastern Borno state, which borders Chad and is a stronghold of the Islamist extremist group.

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