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Forum Post: New Drone Base in Niger Builds U.S. Presence in Africa

Posted 1 year ago on Feb. 23, 2013, 8:56 a.m. EST by john32 (-272) from Pittsburgh, PA
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"WASHINGTON — Opening a new front in the drone wars against Al Qaeda and its affiliates, President Obama announced on Friday that about 100 American troops had been sent to Niger in West Africa to help set up a new base from which unarmed Predator aircraft would conduct surveillance in the region.

The new drone base, located for now in the capital, Niamey, is an indication of the priority Africa has become in American antiterrorism efforts. The United States military has a limited presence in Africa, with only one permanent base, in Djibouti, more than 3,000 miles from Mali, where insurgents had taken over half the country until repelled by a French-led force.........."

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/23/world/africa/in-niger-us-troops-set-up-drone-base.html?hp&_r=1&

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