US Flying Aircraft Over Nigeria In Hunt For Girls

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The mass abductions and failure of Nigeria’s government and military to rescue the girls has aroused outrage at home and abroad.

The White House said Monday that the U.S. team assisting the Nigerian government is made up of nearly 30 people from the State and Defense departments, as well as the FBI, including 10 Defense Department planners who were already in Nigeria and were redirected to assist the government.

Another seven Defense Department personnel were sent to Nigeria from AFRICOM, the U.S. Africa Command based in Germany, said White House spokesman Jay Carney.

The U.S. is also sharing commercial satellite imagery with the Nigerian government and is flying manned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft over Nigeria with the Nigerian government’s permission, a senior U.S. official told The Associated Press on Monday.

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