The U.S. is using unarmed surveillance drones to aid in the search for the kidnapped Nigerian girls, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday.
“We are now providing unmanned reconnaissance intelligence over Nigeria and we’ll continue to do that,” Hagel told reporters in Saudi Arabia, where he was attending a meeting of the regional Gulf Cooperation Council, the Wall Street Journal reported.
However, the U.S. is not considering sending its forces into Nigeria to help rescue nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted last month by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Wednesday.
Carney said the U.S. military and other personnel are actively advising the Nigerian government as it seeks to locate the girls.
Britain, France and Israel also have sent intelligence and military experts to Nigeria to help look for the girls.
On Sunday, Hagel also said the United States has no plans to send troops to Nigeria to help recover the schoolgirls.
"There's no intention, at this point, to [put] American boots on the ground," Hagel told ABC television's "This Week" program.
Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.