Pentagon: No military ops planned yet for Nigeria

In this photo taken Monday, May 5, 2014, Nana Shettima, the wife of Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima, center left next to police officer, waits to speak with  school girls from the government secondary school Chibok that were kidnapped by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, and later escaped in Chibok Nigeria. The plight of the 276 kidnapped girls — and the failure of the Nigerian military to find them — has drawn international attention to an escalating Islamic extremist insurrection that has killed more than 1,500 so far this year. (AP Photo)
In this photo taken Monday, May 5, 2014, Nana Shettima, the wife of Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima, center left next to police officer, waits to speak with school girls from the government secondary school Chibok that were kidnapped by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, and later escaped in Chibok Nigeria. The plight of the 276 kidnapped girls — and the failure of the Nigerian military to find them — has drawn international attention to an escalating Islamic extremist insurrection that has killed more than 1,500 so far this year. (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Pentagon is sending fewer than 10 military troops to Nigeria as part of the U.S. effort to help find nearly 300 girls kidnapped by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.

A Pentagon spokesman says officials have no plans now to launch any military operations.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren says the troops will be arriving in a few days as part of the larger U.S. assistance team to include State Department and Justice Department personnel. The military members will help with communications, logistics and intelligence planning.

Warren says the U.S. is talking with Nigeria about information and intelligence sharing, but nothing has been decided.

There are already about 70 military personnel in Nigeria, including 50 regularly assigned to the embassy, and 20 Marines have been there for training.

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