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US troops deployed to help find kidnapped Nigerian girls

Fox News and others reported that the US has sent 80 troops to Chad to establish a drone base from which to “search” for the kidnapped Nigerian girls. What seems odd to me is the amount of detail provided for this military mission:

Global Hawk drone deployed in Chad to hunt Boko Haram
Northrop Grumman
  • 1 drone
  • 1 base camp
  • 80 personnel

Those little facts help America’s enemies quite a bit. It isn’t just Boko Haram that would be interested. It will be al Qaeda and like-kind terrorists who may like to join the fight and kill Americans on a remote mission. It makes sense to report details in secret to members of Congress, but it does not make sense to telegraph to our enemies our every move in such detail. Having done this, theater commanders had better think about increasing the protective force by an order of magnitude. They had better request silence about the mission.

“US sends 80 troops to Chad to aid in search for abducted girls

Published May 21, 2014

The Obama administration has deployed 80 military personnel to Chad to help locate the nearly 300 schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria by Islamist militants Boko Haram.

Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Myles Caggins said the team will mostly be made up of Air Force personnel responsible for operating a single unmanned, unarmed drone. The drone will be flying out of an airstrip in Chad -- which shares a portion of its western border with northeastern Nigeria -- with a mission to search for the girls in Nigeria.

Other U.S. servicemembers will be assigned to act as an armed security force tasked with protecting the team. The team was scheduled to arrive Wednesday.

Obama formalized the decision with a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and the Senate notifying lawmakers about the steps underway to assist in the return of the abducted girls.

Fox News' Justin Fishel and The Associated Press contributed to this report.”

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