Obama Sends 300 Military Personnel to Cameroon to Fight Boko Haram

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A handout picture taken on February 15, 2015 and released on February 18, 2015 by Nigerian army shows a Boko Haram fighters' anti-aircraft gun destroyed by the Nigerian military at Monguno.Credit: AFP

REUTERS  - U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday informed Congress he is sending about 300 U.S. military personnel to Cameroon, the White House said, part of a stepped-up effort by Washington to counter the violent group Boko Haram. 

An advance force of U.S. military personnel has arrived in Cameroon, an administration official said on condition of anonymity. 

The forces will be conducting airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations, the official said, adding they would be armed for their own protection. 

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