Wednesday, President Obama sent a letter to Congress informing them of his plans to deploy up to 300 troops to Cameroon to aid in the fight against Boko Haram.

According to the president, 90 military members have already been sent to the West African nation to assist a regional force comprised of soldiers from Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad, Niger, and Benin, in fighting the terrorist group.

“On October 12, 2015, approximately 90 U.S. Armed Forces personnel began deploying to Cameroon with the consent of the Government of Cameroon,” Mr. Obama wrote. “This deployment is in advance of the deployment of additional U.S. Armed Forces personnel to Cameroon to conduct airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations in the region. The total number of U.S. military personnel to be deployed to Cameroon is anticipated to be up to approximately 300.”

While U.S. forces will be armed, the president insisted they will be serving in non-combat roles.

“These forces are equipped with weapons for the purpose of providing their own force protection and security, and they will remain in Cameroon until their support is no longer needed,” he explained.

Officials in Nigeria and Cameroon have accused Boko Haram of being responsible for thousands of murders and terrorists acts in the region, including the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in the northern Nigerian area of Chibok.

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  • The U.S. troops will deal with surveillance and not combat missions in Cameroon. Boko Haram is a counter-revolutionary, evil organization. It has kidnapped people and killed black people. I have no respect for Boko Haram. The extremists of Boko Haram are evil. They want to use misogyny, terrorism, authoritarian theocracy, and murder. We are opposed to those abominations. There should be both a long term political solutions where the conditions of Western Africa are addressed in a political way and African nations must have their own independence without neocolonial control from Western powers. There is the real issue of Africom and their goal to spread U.S. hegemony in the Motherland. There are already French troops in Mali and Niger now.

    The NATO bombing in Libya has increased instability in Libya where cliques of terrorists are in battle in a brutal Libyan civil war (which continues to this very day). The New York Times revealed that the U.S. has been running a secret program to train counterterrorism battalions for Niger and Mauritania. Elite Green Berets and Delta Force forces are instructing handpicked commandos in counterinsurgency in Mali, as well. Five to eight thousand U.S. troops plus mercenaries are training, arming, and fighting alongside and against African militaries and rebel groups in nearly every nation in Africa. That is why there must be independence for Africans and the end of reactionary terrorism (this terrorism has been done by Boko Haram and other Western backed puppet regimes in Africa). U.S. war crimes are forms of terrorism too. There should be questions asked about these policies and this is an international crisis. The solutions require international collaboration, international solidarity among the oppressed, and a political solution long term.


  • elle D.

    Well about time– I mean what has it been over a year?!

  • CoolChic

    I would not be surprised if Boko Haram was a Western paid organization gone rogue.

    • Chazz A

      This may be true. According to wiki leak reports Boko Haram is allegedly funded by CIA with ties to Libya. The focus is to cause mayhem and chaos in order to break down the power structure in Nigeria. The Western corporate henchmen are attempting to gain control of the vast mineral resources. Obama sending troops and drones is a delayed PR moment, while thousands have been brutalized over a number of yrs. The system of white supremacy is a global disease!

    • AfroCapricornette

      Boko Haram is focused in the northern part of the country and we all know they are funded by patrons: whether wealth local politicians, *the group that shall not be named in the ME* or “the West”. Resources in Nigeria (oil) are focused in the South and let’s just say no amount of paid/funded chaos will break the structure for resources. It won’t come to that.

    • Chazz A

      Agreed, Boko Haram is on a short leash in terms of funding. I doubt their influence will spread South, even with Western financing.

  • Mitch

    Never ending wars for empire/capitalism.