The U.S. has deployed 80 ground troops to Chad to assist in the search for more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram last month.
“These personnel will support the operation of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over northern Nigeria and the surrounding area,” President Obama wrote in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate President Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy. “The force will remain in Chad until its support in resolving the kidnapping situation is no longer required.”
POTUS has been criticized by some lawmakers for not more aggressively deploying troops in the search.
“We should devote more of our national capabilities to help our Nigerian partners in locating the girls,” said Arizona Senator John McCain on May 16. “And if we can get actionable intelligence about where they are being held, we should send U.S. Special Forces to rescue them – with the approval and cooperation of the Nigerian government and security forces, if possible, but without them if necessary.”