U.S. building $100 million drone base in central Niger
The United States military said on Friday it is building a $100 million (£76.8 million) temporary base for surveillance drones in Agadez, central Niger, to help the West African country combat militant groups and protect its borders.
Niger, a security ally of the West, is grappling simultaneously with incursions from jihadist group Boko Haram across its southern border with Nigeria as well as roaming al Qaeda-linked groups in its vast desert spaces.
Security sources have also expressed concern about a possible southern influx of Islamic State fighters into Niger and Chad from Libya where... read more
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