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US sends 80 extra troops to Chad to help in search for missing schoolgirls

President Barack Obama made the announcement today.

Image: AP/Press Association Images

THE UNITED STATES has deployed 80 military personnel to Chad to help regional efforts to rescue more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in neighboring Nigeria.

President Barack Obama made the announcement today.

In a letter to Congress, he said:

“These personnel will support the operation of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over northern Nigeria and the surrounding area”.

The full text was tweeted by Political Reporter for Time Magazine, Zeke Miller:

A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community.

Additional reporting by AFP.

© – AFP 2014

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