U.S. Deploys 80-Man Force to Help Find Nigerian Girls

By NBCNews.com

Published 05/21 2014 03:05PM

Updated 05/21 2014 03:07PM

Eighty American service members are on the ground in North Africa to oversee drone operations in the search for the 276 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls, the Obama administration said Wednesday.

The White House formally notified Congress that the troops are in the neighboring African nation of Chad. The mission includes 40 people to operate and maintain the Predator drone and 40 more to protect the force.

“These personnel will support the operation of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over northern Nigeria and the surrounding area,” President Barack Obama said in a letter. “The force will remain in Chad until its support in resolving the kidnapping situation is no longer required.”

The White House notified Congress under the War Powers Resolution, which kicks in when armed U.S. forces enter a foreign nation’s territory. All 80 are combat-armed for personnel protection.

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/missing-nigeria-schoolgirls/u-s-deploys-80-man-force-help-find-nigerian-girls-n111266

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