United States Support to Counter Boko Haram

Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 11, 2016

  • The United States supports the establishment of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and is actively partnering with the MNJTF signatory countries (Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Nigeria, and Benin) in their counter Boko Haram efforts by providing advisors, intelligence, training, logistical support and equipment.
  • The Department of State, through its Peacekeeping Operations (PKO) account, is providing approximately $71 million worth of equipment, logistics support, and training to the MNJTF signatory countries, to enable them to participate effectively in the MNJTF.
  • In September 2015, the Administration directed the use of up to $45 million in Presidential Drawdown authority in defense services and articles of the Department of Defense and military education and training to support counter Boko Haram efforts.
  • The joint Department of State and Department of Defense $40 million Global Security Contingency Fund (GSCF) Counter Boko Haram program specifically assists the governments of Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria to develop institutional and tactical capabilities to enhance their joint efforts to address security on their shared borders, and to lay the groundwork for increased cross-border cooperation to counter Boko Haram.
  • The Department of State also funds multiple counterterrorism, countering violent extremism, law enforcement and justice sector improvement programs to support Counter Boko Haram efforts through International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement (INCLE), Nonproliferation, Anti-terrorism, Demining, and Related Programs (NADR), and Economic Support Fund (ESF) funding, as well as through the Trans Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership (TSCTP).
  • In FY 2015 and 2016, the United States is providing more than $195 million in humanitarian assistance for Boko Haram-affected populations throughout the region, including IDPs and refugees.