White House: No Special Forces Mission in Nigeria ‘At This Time’

Only Troops in Nigeria So Far Are Advisers

Faced with growing calls from Congressmen to launch a military operation against Boko Haram in  Nigeria, the White House says that it is not at this time “actively considering” deployment to participate in any “combined rescue mission.”

The comment includes a lot of wiggle room, and since Nigeria itself hasn’t conclusively figured out where the kidnapped 276 girls are, they aren’t considering a rescue operation yet either, so naturally a “combined” mission isn’t being talked about.

Nigeria’s focus right now seems to be on negotiating some sort of deal where they can avoid seeing the girls sold into slavery. The White House has made clear they oppose any such deal.

The White House says that 26 US military personnel are in Nigeria right now, all of them in the role of advisers. US military spy planes are also active in the area, though they cannot share any information that they may find with Nigeria at any rate, because of a ban on intelligence sharing with nations with severe human rights violations.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.