US sending only a handful of soldiers to Nigeria

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Despite the pledge by President Barack Obama to help Nigeria rescue the over 200 abducted schoolchildren, the United States has no plan to launch a full military operation against Boko Haram militants in Nigeria, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

According to an AP report, only a handful of U.S. troops will arrive in Nigeria in the next few days to help find nearly 230 girls kidnapped by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said fewer than 10 troops are being sent as part of the larger U.S. assistance team to include State Department and Justice Department personnel. The military members will help with communications, logistics and intelligence-planning.

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