U.S. Signals Willingness to Widen Role in Fighting Boko Haram in Nigeria

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As Nigeria swore in a new president on Friday, the Obama administration signaled that it was prepared to expand military cooperation in the fight against Boko Haram.Secretary of State John Kerry, who led the American delegation at the inauguration, was expected to offer increased military assistance in his meeting on Friday with Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s new leader.

“Something we can do quickly is to send advisers,” said a senior State Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity under the department’s protocol for briefing reporters. “It could be related to intelligence; it could be something very simple, related to things like logistics.”

“We certainly hope to be able to do more,” the official added.

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