Obama sends troops to Africa to help search for abducted Nigerian girls

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by Howard Portnoy

The abduction of some 300 schoolgirls by the terrorist group Boko Haram is a humanitarian tragedy. Of that there is no question. What is questionable, however, is whether the scope of the crisis is sufficient to warrant sending American troops into Africa in the hunt for the missing girls. From the Associated Press:

The United States has deployed 80 military personnel to Chad to help locate the nearly 300 girls kidnapped in Nigeria last month, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.

Obama, in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and the Senate, notified lawmakers about the latest steps underway to assist in the return of the abducted girls.

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