Col. Steve Warren

Shifting its earlier ground, the United States government has finalized an agreement with the federal government to share U.S. intelligence analysis relating to the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped last month by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, the Defense Department announced Monday.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren, who made this known to reporters, said the agreement covered analysis specifically related to finding these kidnapped girls, but not raw intelligence.

The Pentagon official also said that the shared intelligence would include analysis of images and other data, stressing that the agreement, reached over the weekend, represented a formal, if temporary, broadening of security cooperation between the two governments.

Last week, a Defense Department official told lawmakers that the Pentagon has to be ?exceedingly cautious? about what information it shares with Nigeria?s leaders due to their forces? history of human rights abuses.

Alice Friend, the Pentagon?s principal director for Africa Affairs, told a Senate foreign relations subcommittee last week that the abuses have been a ?persistent and very troubling limitation on our assistance,? and that the Pentagon has ?struggled? in the past to find Nigerian units it can coordinate with.


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