Boko Haram: Obama sends 300 troops to Cameroon

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

United States Pres­i­dent Barack Obama has an­nounced that US armed forces have been de­ployed in Cameroon to help fight against the Is­lamist mil­i­tants Boko Haram.

The force, which will be 300 strong, will con­duct air­borne in­tel­li­gence, sur­veil­lance, and re­con­nais­sance oper­a­tions in the re­gion.

Cameroon and Chad have been tar­geted by the Is­lamist mil­i­tants from north­ern Nige­ria.

Mr Obama said they will re­main in Cameroon un­til “no longer needed”.

A new five-na­tion force – from Nige­ria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin – is due for de­ploy­ment by 30 July to take on the Is­lamic Stateal­lied mil­i­tants, whose six-year in­sur­gency has left at least 15,000 dead and in­creas­ingly threat­ened re­gional se­cu­rity.

Amnesty In­ter­na­tional said last month that the Boko Haram con­flict had killed at least 1,600 peo­ple since the start of June in Nige­ria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon and called for more pro­tec­tion for civil­ians.

The in­sur­gents have stepped up their at­tacks re­cently.

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