US Trains African Soldiers Against Boko Haram
American soldiers are training soldiers in Niger to fight Boko Haram militants.
The training began October 19 in Agadez, the largest city in central Niger.
More training will follow for armies in Cameroon, Nigeria and Chad, a U.S. military official told the VOA.
The Niger government asked for the training, Africa Command spokesman Chuck Prichard told VOA.
The training provides benefits to the African nations and the United States, said Major General Daryl Williams, commander of U.S. Army Africa.
"This training benefits Nigeria military personnel and U.S. Army soldiers who share the mutual security goal of regional stability and security in Africa," Williams said.
News of the U.S. training mission that targets Boko Haram comes after some rare good news in the fight against the militant group.
Nigerian soldiers Tuesday rescued 338 Boko Haram captives from villages near the Sambisa Forest, Nigeria military officials reported.
The Sambisa Forest is a place where Boko Haram is active.
The rescued captives include 192 children and 138 women, the Nigerian military said. None of those rescued included any of the 276 school girls taken from a Nigerian boarding school last year.
Boko Haram is an Islamic militant group operating primarily in northeastern Nigeria. It is also active in Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon.
The new U.S. training mission in Niger involves about 40 U.S. soldiers.
Plans call for the training of about 150 Niger troops. Training details were not reported.
But U.S. officials said training will include basic soldier skills, as well as teaching small-arms shooting.
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2.Plans call for the training of about 150 Niger troops. Training details were not reported.
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尼日利亚军方代表称，周二尼日利亚士兵从Sambisa Forest附近的村庄里解救出338名“博科圣地”组织的俘虏 。
一直以来，Sambisa Forest是“博科圣地”组织的活跃地带 。
尼日利亚军方还表示，获救的俘虏中包括192名儿童和138名妇女 。在这些获救者中并没有发现去年尼日利亚学校里被掳走的276名女孩 。
“博科圣地”是一个主要活跃于尼日利亚东北部的“伊斯兰国”激进组织 。该组织也在乍得、尼日尔和喀麦隆北部地区进行暴力活动 。
此次培训的尼日尔士兵大约有150名 。然而，培训细节并未公布 。