Obama deploys US forces to Chad to rescue the 200-plus girls

Central Africa

Newscast Media WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama has deployed approximately
80 U.S. Armed Forces personnel have deployed to Chad as part of the U.S. efforts to
locate and support the safe return of over 200 schoolgirls who are reported to have
been kidnapped in Nigeria.

Under the War Powers Resolution, Obama notified Congress that the personnel will
support the operation of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft for
missions over northern Nigeria and the surrounding area. The force will remain in Chad
until its support in resolving the kidnapping situation is no longer required.

The letter from the President to the Speaker of the House can be read here.

Early this month, several hundred girls were kidnapped by the Islamist group Boko
Haram. Iran has also offered to help secure the release of the girls being held captive.