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Obama Sending 300 Troops to Cameroon to Help Fight Boko Haram

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US President Barack Obama on Wednesday said he has given a directive that 300 troops should be deployed to Cameroon to work with West African soldiers in efforts to fight Boko Haram.

New York Times reports that the announcement was made via a letter to congress, and confirms that troops will provide “intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance” in the region.

Also, White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, said that the troops would be armed for their protection but that they would not engage in combat.

The report further states that an advance force of about 90 military personnel had begun deploying to Cameroon.

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9 Comments

  1. Chum Chum

    October 15, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Those troops should be coming to Nigeria not Cameroon, except if America is looking for something else in Cameroon.

    • Beeeee

      October 15, 2015 at 12:09 pm

      Maybe because Cameroon presented their own Boko Haram issue to the UN General Assembly last month and Nigeria did not have a representative there.

    • ElessarisEllendil

      October 15, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      American troops come to Nigeria? you realise pro-american opinion is on the downturn here. Most Nigerians do not want American troops on our soil and those who do obviously have not seen the state of countries that America troops have been in.

      America has no successful experience combating insurgency, Boko Haram has been severely degraded, they’ve not successfully captured any town in months. We do not need American troops, we need information and helicopters.

  2. NZ

    October 15, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Doesn’t that send some kind of message?
    Means the mastermind behind boko haram is ingrained in the corridors of power of this country!
    Only God will expose them all and judge them for all the innocent lives lost! In Jesus Name, Amen!

    • ElessarisEllendil

      October 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      Actually not only God, competent journalists/Police and Prosecuting investigators can expose them, “The incorruptible Judge”(know the play?) can judge them. Better yet, we the people can say enough is enough and try marching for our country once in a while.
      We Nigerians need to abandon this God go do am mentality, surely we haven’t forgotten God helps those who helps themselves and No food for the lazy man.

  3. Le coco

    October 15, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Nope.. very fishy.. what is America looking for in cameroun? If cameroun needs help.. perhaps France would be better…. America always seems to have an agenda…

  4. ATL's finest

    October 15, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Hmmmmmm I smell something fishy! My Presido what’s cooking? I mean Cameroon? Hmmm ok sha we shall hear it all lately. Come to think of it, it will take more than 300 troops to fight Boko haram in Nigeria lol. So mabe it ain’t too bad in Cameroon… God help us & them all.

  5. Tosin

    October 15, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Z00, like in Sparta

  6. Delta geh

    October 15, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    my own be say make them no enter naij…

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