01 Dec '17, 9am

US to arm drones flying in Niger

US to arm drones flying in Niger

STUTTGART, Germany — U.S. Africa Command will start flying armed drones from its base in Niger, adding more firepower in a country where four U.S. soldiers were killed in an ambush by militants. Niger and the U.S. this week agreed to arm the military’s surveillance mission in the country. Flights could begin within days, the New York Times reported, citing a memorandum between the countries. For years, the U.S. military has debated the merits of arming Reapers based in Niger. The deadly Oct. 4 ambush in the country added urgency to the deliberations. AFRICOM on Friday declined to go into details of the arrangement. “Niger and the U.S. stand firm in working together to prevent terrorist organizations from using the region as a safe haven,” AFRICOM spokeswoman Robyn Mack said in a statement. “For operational security reasons, I will not comment on specific military authoriti...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/us-to-arm-drones-flying-in-n...

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