The White House announced this week that it has deployed 80 US military personnel to Chad to help find the over 200 Nigerian girls abducted in April by militant group Boko Haram.

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via Feminist Campus National Campus Organizer Kristy Birchard

“These personnel will support the operation of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over northern Nigeria and the surrounding area,” he wrote in a letter to the House and Senate leaders. “The force will remain in Chad until its support in resolving the kidnapping situation is no longer required.”

They will join the US military and law enforcement officials and international forces already there.

It has been over a month since the girls were abducted, and the search for them has come up empty. Boko Haram released a video last week showing some of the girls praying and offering to exchange them for imprisoned members of the group, but there have not been many other leads. The group, which has a long history of terrorism in Nigeria, appears to be escalating its violent attacks. The United Nations Security Council imposed sanctions against the group this week, adding Boko Haram to a list of organizations associated with al-Qaeda.

Media Resources: CNN 5/23/14; ThinkProgress 5/21/14; The White House 5/21/14; Reuters 5/21/14; AFP 5/21/14; Feminist Newswire 5/2/14, 5/7/14, 5/13/14

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