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US to Send 300 Soldiers to Cameroon – Obama

Valentine Chinyem

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In a bid to stamp out terrorism from the Lake Chad Basin region, the President of the United State of America, Barack Obama on Wednesday notified Congress that he intends deploying 300 soldiers to Cameroon to conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations.

This was contained in a letter released by the White House. President Obama said 90 personnel had already been deployed, and would be armed for self-defense.

A senior administration official who spoke to AFP, said the deployment was “part of the counter Boko Haram effort.”

North-Eastern Nigeria has been the worst hit, with the most recent attack from Boko Haram coming just yesterday, when multiple blasts rocked Ajilari area of Maiduguri, Borno State, which left 7 people dead and several others injured.

Cameroon and Chad have also not been left out, as they have also had their own share of the terrorists activities. A suicide blasts on Sunday in Cameroon, killed at least nine people and injured 29. Two female suicide bombers carried out the attacks in the village of Kangaleri, security and local sources said.

The attack came a day after triple explosions in Chad left 41 dead.

Both countries are part of a regional coalition force, comprising Nigeria and the Republic of Benin, that has been fighting the sect.

More so, with the world waiting for the safe rescue of the over 200 girls kidnapped from their secondary school in Chibok, Borno State, the deployment of the troop by the US, to the troubled region is coming at the right time, when they are most needed.