U.S. Sends Forces To Chad To Hunt For Nigerian Girls
President Obama announced that "approximately 80" armed forces personnel would be sent to help operate surveillance aircraft over Nigeria.By Christian Bryant | May 21, 2014
President Obama said Wednesday he has deployed "approximately 80" American armed forces personnel to Chad, a country neighboring Nigeria, to help locate the more than 200 Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped last month. (Via The White House)
Some of those armed forces will fly a predator drone into a part of Nigeria where the girls are believed to be held. CBS reports the newer drone will be an addition to longer-distance surveillance aircraft already in use in the area.
The personnel will reportedly include 40 people to operate the Predator drone and another 40 for security. But the Pentagon's press secretary, Rear Admiral John Kirby, told CNN this is not a boots-on-the-ground operation.