(FILES) a file picture taken on September 16, 2015 in Paris shows Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari speaking to the press. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY
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Nigeria Thursday welcomed a U.S. decision to send up to 300 military personnel to Cameroon to help the regional fight against Boko Haram, despite having itself requested more direct help from Washington.U.S. President Barack Obama Thursday said 90 personnel had already been sent and the full contingent would conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations.Military spokesman Colonel Rabe Abubakar added: "This is how the fight can be done collectively with partners cooperating with us to fight against a common cause -- terrorism -- which has been ravaging the region for some time now.Buhari, who took office in May vowing to end the violence and Wednesday met the U.S. military's Africa Command chief General David Rodriguez in Abuja, has spearheaded efforts for a new, five-nation fighting force against Boko Haram.
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