United States yesterday announced the deployment of 80 troops to assist in the search and rescue of the over 200 schoolgirls Boko Haram militants kidnapped on April 14 in Chibok, Borno state.
This was contained in a letter President Barack Obama wrote to the Speaker of the Congress, explaining the effort being made by his administration to locate the girls. Obama said the troops had been deployed to the Republic of Chad and would remain there until US support is no longer required.
The letter read:
Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)
“Approximately 80 U.S. Armed Forces personnel have deployed to Chad as part of the U.S. efforts to locate and support the safe return of over 200 schoolgirls who are reported to have been kidnapped in Nigeria.
“These personnel will support the operation of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over northern Nigeria and the surrounding area. The force will remain in Chad until its support in resolving the kidnapping situation is no longer required.
“This action has been directed in furtherance of U.S. national security and foreign policy interests, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct U.S. foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive.
“I am providing this report as part of my efforts to keep the Congress fully informed, consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148). I appreciate the support of the Congress in these actions.”