U.S. Plans to Put Advisers on Front Lines of Nigeria’s War on Boko Haram

February 26, 2016 2:04 AM

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U.S. Plans to Put Advisers on Front Lines of Nigeria’s War on Boko Haram

DAKAR, Senegal — The Pentagon is poised to send dozens of Special Operations advisers to the front lines of Nigeria’s fight against the West African militant group Boko Haram, according to military officials, the latest deployment in conflicts with the Islamic State and its allies.

Their deployment would push American troops hundreds of miles closer to the battle that Nigerian forces are waging against an insurgency that has killed thousands of civilians in the country’s northeast as well as in neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon. By some measures, Boko Haram is the world’s d...

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