US deploys '80 military personnel' to find missing girls

President Barack Obama said the US has deployed around 80 military personnel to Chad as part of its effort to help find and return more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Obama sent a letter to Congress saying the personnel will support the ongoing operations. Credit: REUTERS/Larry Downing

In a letter to Congress on Wednesday, Obama said: "These 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.

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