US May Deploy Military Advisers Against Boko Haram

1D460389-5669-4C31-9822-DDEF63EE61A9_w640_r1_s{VOA NEWS} – The United States and Nigeria are in talks about sending U.S. military advisers to Nigeria’s Borno State to help with the fight against Boko Haram insurgents.

A U.S. official told VOA that the talks are “ongoing,” but no decision has been made about the proposed deployment.

A U.S. Defense Department official told VOA that a team went to Nigeria in the past two months and “recommended” the U.S. and Nigerian militaries restart training, but that no decision has been made.

The defense official says the interaction is a “sign that the U.S. – Nigeria relationship is going well with the new president in power.” President Muhammadu Buhari took office as the nation’s 15th president last May, following his defeat of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The New York Times reported reported earlier Friday that the deployment was recommended by the top U.S. Special Operations commander for Africa, Brigadier General Donald Bolduc. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.