U.S. sends military vehicles, Britain orders troops to Nigeria
Both the United States and Britain announced tangible support in early January for Nigeria's fight against Boko Haram. The U.S. consulate in Lagos said 24 mine-resistant, armor-protected vehicles worth $11 millionwere to be handed over to the Nigerian military on Jan. 14. The consulate said the donation "represents part of the continuing U.S. commitment to Nigeria and its neighbors to counter Boko Haram's senseless acts of terror, and promote regional security." Meanwhile, more than 35 British troops, part of an announced doubling of its troop commitment to Nigeria, will soon deploy to help train Nigerian forces in counterinsurgency measures, the British Army announced in a news release Jan. 13. Last month British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon announced his country's commitment to step up efforts to help Nigerian forces stamp out the threat posed by Boko Haram. The Army said it would send about 300 British training forces in 2016, vs. some 130 the previous year. The current troops come from the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment.
British Army news release: http://www.army.mod.uk/news/28123.aspx; Voice of America: http://www.voanews.com/content/nigeria-us-armored-vehicles-boko-haram/3134933.html
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