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ICC Note: The United States may be ramping up its assistance to bring an end to the greatest threat to the persecuted Church in Nigeria: Boko Haram. The New York Times reported Thursday that military brass in the U.S. have a plan to increase the number of non-combatant military advisers to the front lines of northern Nigeria. The plan requires approval. If commenced, the strategy may prove beneficial, not only to easing the suffering of the persecuted Church in northern Nigeria, but to promoting peace and security among the general population, which Boko Haram continuously ravages, particular with a recent spate of bloody suicide bombing attacks across the region. Last week, Open Doors reported more than 11,000 Christians killed for their faith in Nigeria in the past 15 years, a conservative estimate.

By Michael Kaplan

2/28/16 Nigeria (IB Times) – U.S. advisers could soon head to the front lines of the fight against Boko Haram, the Nigeria-based militant group that is among the world’s most deadly terrorist organizations, the New York Timesreported Thursday. The suggestion came as part of a recent confidential assessment by the top U.S. Special Operations commander for Africa, Brig. Gen. Donald C. Bolduc.

If the plan is approved, it would see dozens of U.S. advisers placed hundreds of miles closer to the raging battle between Nigerian forces and extremist insurgents. American forces, however, would continue to serve solely in noncombat advisory roles, military officials said.

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