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Cameroon and Chad are sending 1,000 forces together to their respective borders with Nigeria to aid in the fight against Boko Haram, an Islamic insurgency and U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) that poses an increasingly regional threat. Having committed attacks both in Nigeria and Cameroon, Boko Haram’s campaign of terror, highlighted by its mass-abduction of more than 240 schoolgirls from Chibok and Warabe villages, has seen to the massacre of thousands in its pursuit to establish a separate Islamic state ruled by Sharia law. The United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Israel have all pledged support to the Nigerian Army to assist in the ongoing search for those abducted. President Obama utilized the War Powers Act last week to send 80 troops to Chad to operate Predator drone flights over the region.

05/27/2014 Cameroon (Voice of America) – Cameroon and Chad have sent a thousand troops to their borders with Nigeria to fight the Islamist group Boko Haram. The troops were deployed shortly after leaders from the two countries met in Yaounde and declared war against the violent group.

These are soldiers of Cameroon’s rapid intervention battalion singing in excitement as they leave Yaounde, capital of the West African country, for the border with Nigeria. They headed out barely a day after Presidents Idriss Deby of Chad and Paul Biya of Cameroon announced they are waging war on Boko Haram.

Colonel Didier Badjeck, spokesperson of the Cameroon military told VOA that the soldiers will work with the local people to find out who members of the violent group are, since the soldiers are aware they will be fighting an enemy that uses unconventional tactics.

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