U.S. Building Drone Base in One of Africa’s Poorest Countries

Source: Tele Sur 

The U.S. military plans to build a drone base in the African desert, according to U.S. military documents that were obtained by The Intercept.

According to classified military documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, a $US100 million drone base is being constructed on the outskirts of Agadez, Niger, in southwestern Africa.

The base in the middle of the barren Sahara desert is part of redoubled efforts by the U.S. to increase counterterrorism operations in the region.

The documents say that the remote base will include a 1,830-meter runway to support cargo aircraft as well as the MQ-1 and MQ-9 Reaper drones. The MQ-9 is a newer, deadlier version of the MQ-1. According to the documents, Niger – one of the poorest countries on a poor continent – is the only country in the region that is willing to allow the new drones to be located there.

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