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Nigeria cancels US military training to fight Boko Haram

Nigerian soldiers stand in a military camp in Maiduguri on June 6, 2013Nigeria has halted US training of its soldiers to fight Boko Haram, Washington’s mission said on Monday, in the latest sign of strained ties between the two countries. “At the request of the Nigerian government, the United States will discontinue its training of a Nigerian Army battalion,” the US Embassy in Abuja said in a statement. Two initial phases of training had already been completed between April and August this year which provided “previously untrained civilian personnel with basic soldiering skills,” it added. “We regret premature termination of this training, as it was to be the first in a larger planned project that would have trained additional units with the goal of helping the Nigerian Army build capacity to counter Boko Haram,” it said.

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