US Signs Deal With Niger To Operate Military Drones In West African State -- The Guardian
Mali Islamists' war reveals paucity of west's intelligence on Sahel and Sahara but Pentagon's move could backfire, analysts warn.
The US government appears close to opening a new front in its fight against Islamist militants by planning a new base for surveillance drones in the west African country of Niger.
American forces are already assisting a French offensive in neighbouring Mali that is aimed at recapturing the country's northern desert territory from the hands of Islamist rebels.
But on Monday the US signed a military agreement with Niger that paves the way legally for US forces to operate on its soil and prompted a series of reports in the US media that the Pentagon was keen on opening a new drones base there.
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Niger gives green light to U.S. drone deployment: source -- Reuters
U.S. to establish military presence next to Mali -- CNN
U.S. Drone Base In Africa Approved By Niger -- Huffington Post
U.S. plans to add drone base in West Africa -- Washington Post
Official: U.S. Military Plans Drone Base Near Mali -- Defense News/AFP
US to establish new drone base in northwest Africa: officials -- Global Post
Planned US Drone Base Near Mali Marks Latest American Expansion In Africa -- Business Insider
U.S. wants Africa drone base -- UPI
U.S. to build drone base in Africa to combat terrorists: report -- Xinhuanet
US planning for new drone base in Northwest Africa, officials say -- FOX News
Official: US considers setting up drone base in North Africa, Niger a strong possibility -- Washington Post/AP
US Military Plans Drone Base in Northwest Africa -- Voice of America
US considering new drone base in Africa - report -- RT
U.S. likely to establish new drone base in northwest Africa -- Salon
DOD eyes potential drone base in Africa -- Politico
U.S. Drone Base Would Make Africa the New Home of the War on Terror -- The Atlantic