US Deploying 300 Troops to Cameroon to Help Fight Boko Haram

The White House informed Congress of a military deployment to fight extremists.

About 90 U.S. military personnel have already arrived in the region, an advance force that will set up for the full troop deployment.

In a War Powers Act notification letter addressed to the speaker of the House of Representatives, President Obama says their mission will be to “conduct airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations in the region.”

The forces will be armed, but only for the purpose of providing their own security and not for offensive military operations. The forces will stay in the country until they are no longer needed, according to the letter.

Within the past week, Boko Haram has conducted brutal attacks in Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger and Chad that reportedly killed upwards of 50 civilians.

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