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80 U.S. troops deploy to Africa to assist search for kidnapped girls

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Last week, the United States promised only intelligence personnel would deploy to Africa to assist the search of nearly 300 abducted Nigerian school girls, today President Obama changed course.

In a letter addressed to the Speaker of the House and the Senate President, Mr. Obama indicated that some 80 members of the U.S. military will deploy to Chad, and they will be armed.

The letter declared that U.S. forces will remain in Chad, one of four countries bordering Nigeria, to analyze intelligence data, provide surveillance, and maintain aircraft until the kidnapping situation is resolved.

On April 14, 2014, 270 girls were abducted by the al Qaeda affiliated terrorist group known as Boko Haram.

Current intelligence indicates the girls have likely been divided into smaller groups and are no longer inside Nigeria. However, authorities who have followed the abduction closely admit they have no clues as to the girls' whereabouts.

Boko Haram is so feared in the region that locals and government officials alike are reluctant to come forward with any information.

Last year, the United States officially declared Boko Haram a terrorist network allowing for greater access to its movements and financial transactions.

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