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06/06/2014 04:42 pm ET | Updated Jun 06, 2014

U.S. Quietly Backs Nigerian TV Channel to Counter Terror Group

WASHINGTON — The State Department is financing a new 24-hour satellite television channel in the turbulent northern region of Nigeria that American officials say is crucial to countering the extremism of radical groups such as Boko Haram. The move signals a ramping up of American counterinsurgency efforts to directly challenge the terrorist group, which abducted nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls in April.

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