By Megan Abbot
This week, the U.S.
deployed 300 troops to Cameroon in order to
support efforts against Boko Haram in neighboring Nigeria. Boko Haram, the terrorist organization that
kidnapped 274 girls from Chibok in Northern Nigeria in 2014, claims
ties to the so-called Islamic State. Philip Obaji reports for the Daily Beast that Boko Haram has been abducting
children to serve as human shields and soldiers from Chad, Niger, and Nigeria,
but that their increased activity in Cameroon has been striking. NPR reports on why Boko Haram has begun to enlist
girls as young as 10 years old as suicide bombers. U.S. troops will be used for intelligence, surveillance,
and reconnaissance against Boko Haram and their child soldiers.