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US Considers Advisory Assistance in Fight against Boko Haram

Friday, 26 February 2016 01:51 PM

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The U.S. Africa Command says it has asked Washington to send a small group of military advisers to Nigeria to assist that military's fight against the Islamic insurgency Boko Haram.

Africa Command said Friday that, at the request of the Nigerian government, Special Operations Command Africa sent staff in recent months to conduct a preliminary assessment on assisting select Nigerian units. It says the platoon-sized element would be strictly to advise and assist.

Boko Haram's six-year insurgency has killed at least 20,000 people and displaced 2.8 million, according to Amnesty International and the United Nations.

Africa Command says the assessment is being vetted by the U.S. Departments of State and Defense. Once Nigeria and the U.S. finalize their decisions, there will be an extended planning period.

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