August 6th, 2014
10:10 PM ET

Erin Burnett reports on new hope for missing Boko Haram girls

On April 14 2014, 276 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped under the cover of darkness. The perpetrator: Boko Haram.

On Wednesday, at the U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan met with Vice President Joe Biden to discuss reining in the terror group.

This comes as the Wall Street Journal reports U.S. surveillance planes flying over Nigeria may have spotted some of the girls.

But are officials doing enough to get the girls back?

CNN's Erin Burnett reports.

Watch the above video for the OutFront host's full story.

June 24th, 2014
09:24 PM ET

Was U.S. ransom money funneled to Boko Haram?

Boko Haram terrorists have attacked again. This time, they targeted a village in northeastern Nigeria where they set an entire village on fire, killed 30 men, and took 60 women and girls as captives.

Officials say this includes several children between the ages of 3 and 12. This is the same terrorist group that kidnapped nearly 300 school girls over two months ago.

Boko Haram abduct 60 females, kill 30 men in northeast Nigeria

Of them, more than 200 girls are still missing. And now, there are new concerns about who is funding this group.

CNN talks to an American kidnapped by pirates and held hostage for weeks before he was freed in exchange for ransom cash.

But did that cash end up going to fund terrorists? Kyung Lah has the report.

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Filed under: International • News • Nigeria abducted girls
May 14th, 2014
09:46 PM ET

Sen. McCain pushes for U.S. troops in Nigeria

It's been exactly one month today since Boko Haram terrorists attacked a school in Nigeria, kidnapping nearly 300 girls.

A prominent American politician is now joining a call for U.S. troops to be on the ground in Nigeria.

U.S. support to Nigeria beset by complications

"I would utilize every tool that we have to rescue these young girls." Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told reporters. "And that means it would be done surgically, it could be done in a way that is very efficient, but for us not to do that, in my view, would be an abrogation of our responsibilities."

Do you agree with Sen. McCain? Should the United States send troops to Nigeria to rescue hundreds of girls abducted by Boko Haram?

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Filed under: International • News • Nigeria abducted girls
May 13th, 2014
10:13 PM ET

U.S. sends surveillance planes, satellite images to help search for abducted Nigerian girls

The United States is now providing manned Defense Department aerial surveillance planes over Nigerian territory and sharing commercial satellite images with Nigeria as part of efforts to find the girls, two senior Obama administration officials told CNN's Elise Labott on Monday.

There are calls for the United States to send special forces to save the girls kidnapped by terrorist group, Boko Haram.

Congressman Peter King (R-NY) told CNN's Erin Burnett that he'd support President Barack Obama putting boots on the ground in Nigeria.

Scared but alive: Video purports to show abducted Nigerian girls

But could the U.S. send troops to Nigeria to save the girls without losing American lives?

OutFront, Ali Soufan is a Former FBI Supervisory Special Agent who Investigated and supervised a number of high-profile terror cases, including the East Africa Embassy Bombings, the attack on the USS Cole, and the events surrounding 9/11.

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Filed under: International • News • Nigeria abducted girls • Terrorism
May 12th, 2014
08:05 PM ET

Should Nigeria swap prisoners for kidnapped girls?

Boko Haram has released a video that appears to show a large group of the over 200 girls they kidnapped from a school in Nigeria last month, demanding the release of certain prisoners by the Nigerian government in exchange for their safe return.

Should the country negotiate with terrorists and risk releasing dangerous prisoners? How much should the U.S. be involved? OutFront tonight are Rep. Peter King, who serves on the House Homeland Security and Intelligence Committees, and Juan Zarate, former Deputy National Security Adviser for combating terrorism.

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