These soldiers will support the operations of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance flights for missions over northern Nigeria and neighboring regions
About 80 soldiers from a group of elite Americans were mobilized to search for the students kidnapped in Nigeria last month, announced President Barack Obama in a letter to Congress.
"These soldiers will support the operations of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance flights for missions over northern Nigeria and neighboring regions," Obama said in the letter, sent in accordance with the Act on "war powers", which provides that President report to the legislature on military deployments abroad. These soldiers "will remain in Chad (Nigerian neighbors) until it is no longer needed their support to resolve the situation of kidnapping," according to the letter.
The announcement comes as Nigeria continues to suffer violence attributed to Islamist insurgency of Boko Haram, which claimed responsibility for the abduction of the 276 high school students in April in Chibok (northeast). Boko Haram has also claimed a series of spectacular attacks in the last month and a half, including ones with a car bomb in Abuja, the federal capital, where hundreds of people died.
In addition, about 150 people were killed in two days in Nigeria, attacks in towns around the northeast and an attack in Jos (center), convicted of the United States, which called for intensified fight against Boko Haram. The U.S. diplomat also condemned a suicide bombing that killed four people in Kano on May 18, in northern Nigeria.
While Washington makes mention of the armed Islamist group Boko Haram in the rapture of Chibok students, not directly ascribed responsibility for the attacks this week. That kidnapping sparked an international mobilization, with the fielding of aircraft, drones and thirty civilians and military from the United States. Actress Salma Hayek walked this Saturday the red carpet at Cannes, but this time she did a very vindictive way. The Mexican came to the event with a poster of the global movement #BringBackOurGirls, which requires the release of the 276 Nigerian girls abducted by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.
traslation: Belén Zapata