US Drones May Aid Search for Abducted Nigerian Girls

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 07:13 AM

By Elliot Jager

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The United States has deployed a team composed of intelligence, military, law enforcement, and diplomatic specialists to Abuja, the Nigerian capital, to help find more than 250 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist extremists, The Washington Post reported.

The United States is already conducting reconnaissance flights over Nigeria and weighing whether to add drones, already stationed in nearby countries, into the hunt for the hostages, according to the Post. Washington will likely also use satellite and electronic intercepts in combing the area, which is the size of New England.

Drones based in Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Niger are currently searching for al-Qaida terrorists, as well as Lord's Resistance Army chief Joseph Kony. Some of those drones may be diverted to the Nigerian investigation.

The girls are being held for ransom by Boko Haram, which claims to have converted some of them to Islam. Nigerian authorities have been criticized for waiting three weeks before making the girls' fate much of an issue.

Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa. It is about 50 percent Muslim, according to the CIA's World Fact Book. It has the largest economy in Africa and is a global oil exporter supplying the United States with about 5 percent of its foreign oil imports. Despite immense oil wealth, 60 percent of the people subsist on less than a dollar a day, according to the Center for Research on Globalization.

Al-Qaida affiliated groups, including Boko Haram, are believed to receive financial support from backers in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar, the Post reported.

On Tuesday, Kuwait Justice and Islamic Affairs Minister Nayef al-Ajmi resigned following U.S. allegations that he had raised money for al-Qaida-affiliated groups in Syria, according to  the Post.

Britain and Israel are also aiding in the search for the abducted girls.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Legal Immigrants Being Blocked in Latest Obamacare Glitch

Friday, 28 Nov 2014 14:27 PM

Legal immigrants, eligible for Obamacare, are running into problems when they try to sign up for coverage on HealthCare. . . .

Sperm Can Carry Ebola for 82 Days: WHO

Friday, 28 Nov 2014 12:40 PM

Sperm can carry the Ebola virus for at least 82 days, the World Health Organization said Friday, urging men recovering f . . .

Putin Says Russia Doing Fine in Face of Tumbling Crude Prices

Friday, 28 Nov 2014 12:32 PM

President Vladimir Putin said Russia will cope with the rout in crude oil after benchmark prices plunged to a four-year  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved