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80 U.S. troops in Chad seeking abducted girls

Updated: Thursday, May 22 2014, 07:25 AM EDT

Washington -- President Barack Obama said the U.S. has deployed 80 military members to Chad to help locate more than 200 girls kidnapped in Nigeria.

Obama has sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and to the Senate notifying lawmakers about the steps underway to assist in the return of the abducted girls.

Obama said the service members will help with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over northern Nigeria. He said the force will stay in Chad until its support is no longer necessary.

Chad shares a portion of its western border with northeastern Nigeria.

The girls were kidnapped last month by an Islamic extremist group known as Boko Haram.

80 U.S. troops in Chad seeking abducted girls

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