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U.S. Troops Take the Fight to Boko Haram in Cameroon 

Military personnel from the United States are already in Cameroon assisting in the international fight against Islamist Boko Haram militants, with more troops landing in the country soon, U.S. President Barack Obama has announced.


U.S. President Barack Obama has decided to deploy troops to Cameroon to tackle Islamist Boko Haram militants

Boko Haram, which pledged allegiance to the Middle Eastern terrorist Islamic State (IS) group, is based mainly in Nigeria, but extended its operations to neighbouring countries such as Cameroon and Chad, where it has carried out many daring attacks that have left hundreds of civilians dead and injured.

Obama informed the U.S. Congress in a letter Wednesday that 90 U.S. military personnel are already carrying out operations in the Central African country against the militants and disclosed that hundreds of additional troops will soon be deployed for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions to help local efforts in the fight against the group that many countries, including the U.S. and Cameroon, consider a terrorist organization.

With the additional deployment, the U.S. mission in Cameroon will total 300 military personnel, who will stay in the country as long as they are needed, the letter to the U.S. Congress, released to the press, said.

Although the White House did not release details of the operational scope of the mission, the letter made it clear that the troops will not engage in combat, except when they must act to defend themselves in the event they are targeted by the enemy.

The U.S. mission, the Obama administration believes, will bolster regional efforts spearheaded by Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad, to combat Boko Haram.

Boko Haram is believed to be planning an upsurge in attacks as the rainy season in the areas where it currently operates gives way to a sunny dry season. Only this week, the group carried out suicide bombings in Cameroon and Chad that left dozens dead and even more people injured, some of them critically.