US Military Plans Drone Base in Northwest Africa
January 28, 2013
News reports say the United States is preparing to establish a base for drones in northwest Africa to boost surveillance of Islamist extremist groups.
Reports quote U.S. officials, on the condition of anonymity, who say the base will likely be located in Niger.
They say if the plan is approved, the base could have up to 300 U.S. military personnel.
Niger is the eastern neighbor of Mali where French and Malian troops are now battling Islamist militants.
The New York Times, which first reported the story, quotes one American military official who said the impetus for the base is the conflict in Mali, but added the drone base would also benefit U.S. intelligence and surveillance in the wider region.
The United States has just one permanent military base in Africa - in Djibouti - which is about 5,000 kilometers from Mali.
All our wars in air or in water are of NO worth;
if we haven’t so far learnt to live on earth.
All battles do culminate in ending a war;
A war generating battles is ‘curse’ not ‘mirth’.
At that time, I will search out and destroy all of the nations who have come against Jerusalem - Zechariah 12:9