Obama: 100 Troops Deployed To Niger

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February 22, 2013 3:35 a.m.

President Obama said in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) Friday that 100 U.S. troops have been deployed to Niger to assist the French operation in Mali.

“The total number of U.S. military personnel deployed to Niger is approximately 100.  The recently deployed forces have deployed with weapons for the purpose of providing their own force protection and security,” Obama said in the letter. 

Obama added that the troops were deployed “in furtherance of U.S. national security interests.” 

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