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  • Drone base in Niger gives U.S. a strategic foothold in West Africa

    03/21/2013 7:40:33 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 21, 2013 | Craig Whitlock
    NIAMEY, Niger — The newest outpost in the U.S. government’s empire of drone bases sits behind a razor-wire-topped wall outside this West African capital, blasted by 110-degree heat and the occasional sandstorm blowing from the Sahara. The U.S. Air Force began flying a handful of unarmed Predator drones from here last month. The gray, mosquito-shaped aircraft emerge sporadically from a borrowed hangar and soar north in search of al-Qaeda fighters and guerrillas from other groups hiding in the region’s untamed deserts and hills. ... Since taking office in 2009, President Obama has relied heavily on drones for operations, both declared...
  • U.S. Weighs Base for Spy Drones in North Africa

    01/28/2013 9:08:37 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 28, 2013 | ERIC SCHMITT
    The United States military is preparing to establish a drone base in northwest Africa so that it can increase surveillance missions on the local affiliate of Al Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups that American and other Western officials say pose a growing menace to the region. For now, officials say they envision flying only unarmed surveillance drones from the base, though they have not ruled out conducting missile strikes at some point if the threat worsens. If the base is approved, the most likely location for it would be in Niger, a largely desert nation on the eastern border...
  • U.S. to Expand Role in Africa

    01/29/2013 6:44:52 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Updated January 29, 2013, 6:58 a.m. ET | ADAM ENTOUS and SIOBHAN GORMAN
    Military Pact With Niger Brings American Forces Closer to Conflict in Mali. The U.S. signed an agreement Monday with the West African country of Niger that clears the way for a stepped-up American military presence on the edges of the conflict in neighboring Mali. The U.S. and France are moving to create an intelligence hub in Niger that could include a base, near Mali's border, for American drones that could monitor al Qaeda-linked militants in Mali's vast desert north, U.S. officials said. The moves show the extent to which the U.S. and France are girding for what could be an...