WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House has voted 411-2 to condemn the abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls by Islamic militants in Nigeria.
But two congressmen who recently visited the African country say more U.S. military assistance will be needed to defeat Boko Haram and rescue the young captives.
New Jersey Republican Chris Smith says Americans are currently training a battalion of Nigerian troops, but he says more training in counterinsurgency will be needed, along with real-time intelligence capabilities.
Texas Republican Louie Gohmert said it was "heartbreaking" to hear Nigerians describe the atrocities being committed against Christians. But Smith said Boko Haram also attacks Muslims who it accuses of not being "Muslim enough."
Smith said a schoolgirl he met who escaped from Boko Haram was visibly traumatized, but pleaded for the rescue of her classmates.