OSINT SUMMARY, April 20, 2016
U.S. has pledged to give $40 million in humanitarian assistance to countries affected by Boko Haram.
According to U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, countries battling Islamist militant group Boko Haram including Chad, Nigeria, Niger, Mali and Cameroon are set be supported in helping about seven million people affected by the insurgent group.
Power was speaking in the capital of Cameroon Yaounde, when she met President Paul Biya and attended a ceremony to burn 2,000 tusks in a bid to end elephant poaching. Her trip includes visits to Chad and Nigeria.
"We discussed the monstrous threat posed by Boko Haram and we agreed, and he was very forceful on this point, that the military response alone could not succeed in defeating Boko Haram in the long-term," she said after her meeting with President Biya.
Cameroon, Nigeria and Chad are contributing forces currently at 8,700 battling Boko Haram terrorist group which pledged allegiance to ISIS in 2014.
Power also is scheduled to visit the region's Multinational Joint Task Force, which is staffed with troops from the three nations as well as Niger and Benin.