US negotiating with Niger government to build air base

The Pentagon has confirmed that the US will invest in an air base in the African nation of Niger that has drone-deployment capabilities. The planned base will be built in Agadez, in central Niger.

The US already has MQ-9 Reaper drones stationed in Niger’s capital Niamey, but the new base will facilitate additional runways and infrastructure. There are no plans at this stage for a full-scale military base to be commissioned.

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