US anti-Boko Haram aid $5m, not $5billion

US anti-Boko Haram aid $5m, not $5billion

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 10:47 am

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry

The United States plans to provide $5 million to help support a regional military force fighting Nigeria’s Islamist militant group Boko Haram, a state department official said on Tuesday, contrary to the $5billion aid being circulated around.

Boko Haram last year held a vast swathe of territory in northeastern Nigeria of just over 30,000 square kilometers (11,500 square miles), about the size of Belgium.

The militants have since been beaten back but are still blamed for isolated attacks such as in Chad’s capital on Monday where at least 27 people were killed.

The United States is already providing bilateral aid to Chad, Niger and Cameroon for logistics and other equipment worth about $34 million, the official said.

The additional funding for the new force, composed of troops from Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Benin, will be channelled via the African Union.

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