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USA reduces its surveillance flights that are searching for the missing Nigerian schoolgirls
| June 30, 2014
The United States has reduced its surveillance flights over Northern Nigeria that are searching for more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls that were abducted by Boko Haram. Reuters reported that a senior U.S. defense official said that the U.S. intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance flights are now flying at an "intermittent" rate. The girls were kidnapped from a school in Chibok, Borno State in April and the kidnapping generated a huge outcry and a #BringBackOurGirls campaign launched across social media got the attention of people and celebrities around the world. The United States had sent about 80 military personnel to Chad in May to support the surveillance operation being conducted by Nigeria and other countries. However, officials have reduced expectations about a quick rescue of the girls saying that there are limits to the intelligence that is gathered from surveillance flights and that the girls may have been split up into small groups and moved to different locations. They also suspect that the locations where the girls are being held have been booby trapped. All this comes as President Goodluck Jonathan recently said his government and security services have not spared any resources in the search for the girls and will not stop until the girls are returned home but most Nigerians feel that the attention of the world and the Nigerian government is turning away from the kidnapped girls and they will soon be forgotten.

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Emeka Nwanze    Enugu, Nigeria    July 01, 2014
OBJ has just let us into his half- baked education. The comment by Akin was in order.
Akin Mebude    Warri, Nigeria    June 30, 2014
Yes they need to reduce these surveilance flights. Our Chief of defense Staff has said that He knows where the girls are. As an Air Marshall, he definitely knows what he is talking about.
OBJ    Houston, Texas, USA    June 30, 2014
As an "Air Marshal"; What a dumb comment. Please don't comment on what you have no knowledge of. Let the Air Marshall rescue the girls. I guess he is waiting for kick back.

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