Obama: ‘No American Security Operation Can Eradicate’ Threat Posed by Boko Haram

By Melanie Arter | May 28, 2014 | 2:53 PM EDT

President Barack Obama deliverers the commencement address to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point's Class of 2014, in West Point, N.Y., Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(CNSNews.com) – During his commencement address to the U.S. Military Academy’s graduating class at West Point Wednesday, President Barack Obama referenced the terrorist group Boko Haram, saying, “No American security operation can eradicate the threat posed by” Boko Haram.

“Tragically, no American security operation can eradicate the threat posed by an extremist group like Boko Haram, the group that kidnapped those girls, and that’s why we have to focus not just on rescuing those girls right away, but also on supporting Nigerian efforts to educate its youth,” he said.

As CNSNews.com previously reported, more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped in April and later showed up in a propaganda video Boko Haram made, showing them in Islamic garb with an al Qaeda banner hanging behind them.

On Monday, the group killed 31 security personnel, security sources and witnesses at a Nigerian military base in Buni Yadi, Reuters reported. The attack took place not far from where insurgents shot or burned to death 59 students at a boarding school in February.

“Regional aggression that goes unchecked – whether in southern Ukraine or in the south China Sea or anywhere else in the world - will ultimately impact our allies and could draw in our military. We can’t ignore what happens beyond our boundaries,” Obama said.

“And beyond these narrow rationales, I believe we have a real stake, abiding self-interest in making sure our children and our grandchildren grow up in a world where schoolgirls are not kidnapped and where individuals are not slaughtered because of tribe or faith or political belief,” Obama added.

The UN Security Council declared Boko Haram a terrorist group last week and approved sanctions against it.

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