World Bulletin / News Desk
The U.S. disclosed on Thursday the roles of 80 American troops it deployed to Chad in support of the search and rescue effort of nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls.
Militants from the terrorist organization Boko Haram kidnapped an estimated 276 schoolgirls from the Government Girls Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State over a month ago.
“The presence of U.S. personnel in Chad is related specifically to the use of unmanned surveillance vehicles as part of the effort to conduct reconnaissance missions in search of the missing or abducted Nigerian girls,” said Jay Carney, the White House Press Secretary, while speaking to the press on Thursday.
About half of the team will participate in support and maintenance operations, while the other half will supply security, said Carney.
U.S. President Barack Obama made the announcement of the troop deployment public yesterday in a letter to the U.S. Congress that was released to the press. The troops will remain in Chad until their support is no longer required, said Obama.Last Mod: 23 Mayıs 2014, 11:02