A senior defense official told NBC News that Nigeria’s military needs to “step up” in order to locate and rescue the 276 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram.
Six U.S. military advisers arrived in Nigeria Friday to assist the nation in its search efforts, bringing the total number of US military personnel there to 18, including the 11 who are permanently assigned advise and help train Nigerian military forces. Two additional military personnel are set to arrive later, said Rear Adm. John Kirby during a Pentagon briefing.
U.S. defense and military officials for now knock down any speculation that US military forces would be directly involved in a rescue effort.
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