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Monday, December 04, 2017

The government of Niger has given the Defense Department permission to fly armed drones out of the Nigerien capital, Niamey, Pentagon officials said Thursday, in a major expansion of the American military's footprint in Africa. Pentagon officials want to start the flights within days. A memorandum of understanding between the United States and Niger, which was finalized this week, calls for the remotely piloted aircraft to be armed initially, by the military's Africa Command, at the Nigerien air base in Niamey where they are currently deployed without arms. The drones, the memo says, will eventually be moved to a Nigerien air base in Agadez, where American troops will also be deployed.

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Pentagon officials said the new mission likely would significantly increase the number of American troops in Niger, from the 800 who are there now. About 500 of those troops now deployed in Niamey would move to the base in Agadez.

"This operation supports the long-term strategic partnership between the United States and Niger, as well as the ongoing effort to counter violent extremism throughout the region," the Defense Department said in an emailed response to a query from The New York Times.

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let he who is undroned cast the first drone.

#1 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-12-04 04:50 AM | Reply

...blessed is the drone.

#2 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-12-04 04:51 AM | Reply

Now that that nation is willing to allow our military to use their territory for armed drone flights is Trump now a Niger lover?

#3 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-12-04 11:22 AM | Reply

I know Obama got a free pass regarding drones and was allowed to kill all the innocents he wanted but I can't wait to see Liberal heads explode when just one unnecessary casualty occurs from a drone. The media is already salivating, I'm sure. This is going to require popcorn.

#4 | Posted by humtake at 2017-12-04 11:32 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Actually Humtake, as usual you are wrong. Liberals, such as many of us here on the DR, blasted Obama for his use of Drone strikes to kill suspected enemies. We, like everyone else though, got wrapped up in the debate of whether it is better to risk the lives of US soldiers going in to kill these people in person or is it better to risk innocent collateral casualties through drone strikes. Many of us still have not reached a satisfactory conclusion to that question.

#5 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-12-04 11:37 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Of course Niger does.

#6 | Posted by fresno500 at 2017-12-04 11:42 AM | Reply

2018: Niger added to travel ban

#7 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2017-12-04 05:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#4 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

This liberal called Obama a war criminal for his drone policy.

#8 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2017-12-04 05:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Niger, pls.
🇳🇪

#9 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-12-05 11:39 AM | Reply

It is increasingly appearing that Africa is the new place - replacing Asia - for new MIC "outreach."

#10 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-12-05 11:40 AM | Reply

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