US surveillance aircraft deployed to search for Nigerian girls taken by Boko Haram – Telegraph

The United States has deployed surveillance aircraft over Nigeria and is working closely with the Nigerian government to find more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist insurgents, a senior Obama administration official said on Monday.

“We have shared commercial satellite imagery with the Nigerians and are flying manned ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) assets over Nigeria with the government’s permission,” the official said.

The United States has sent military, law-enforcement and development experts to Nigeria to help search for the missing girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants from a secondary school in Chibok in remote northeastern Nigeria on April 14.

via US surveillance aircraft deployed to search for Nigerian girls taken by Boko Haram – Telegraph.

I can think offhand of a couple of rather benign looking aircraft that are in the inventory that might be used for this.

The US Army has very quietly been ramping up the number of operations it is undertaking in Africa as part of its push for Regionally Aligned Forces (RAF) in which most BCTs will have experience operating in a geographical region, building relationships with key players in the host nation defense establishment.