US Africa Command dispatched 16 military personnel
to assist the Nigerian government in its efforts to locate more than 200 schoolgirls
kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorist group, according to a May 12 AFRICOM release.
The team is participating in a State Department-led “interagency coordination
and assessment cell,” and includes experts in communications, logistics, and
intelligence, states the release. The cell also includes personnel from the
Federal Bureau of Investigation and members of the intelligence community.
AFRICOM spokesman Col. Tom Davis said the team will coordinate with the
Nigerian military to determine what assistance the US can provide to help in
the search. The effort is still in the “assessment phase,” said David. He
added, “No other troops have deployed or are involved in operations against
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