30 Jul '18, 6pm

US Confirms Drones in Niger Have Striking Capabilities

US Confirms Drones in Niger Have Striking Capabilities

DAKAR, Senegal — The United States started arming drones in the West African nation of Niger earlier this year, according to the U.S. Africa Command. "In coordination with the Government of Niger, U.S. Africa Command has armed intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft already in Niger to improve our combined ability to respond to threats and other security issues in the region. Armed ISR aircraft began flying in early 2018," Samantha Reho, spokeswoman for U.S. Africa Command, told The Associated Press. The armed drones are currently deployed to Niger's Air Base 101 in Niamey. The effort was supported by Niger, and is part of the long-term strategic partnership between the U.S. and Niger to help counter violent extremists in the region, she said. As a matter of operational security, Reho said she could not discuss whether strikes have already been carrie...

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