23 Feb '13, 8pm

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http://www.militarytimes.com/news/2013/02/ap-niger-drone-base-africa-022313/ American troops in Niger to set up drone base Julie Pace and Robert Burns - The Associated Press Posted : Saturday Feb 23, 2013 14:41:25 EST WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Friday that about 100 American troops have been deployed to the African nation of Niger. Two U.S. defense officials said the troops would be setting up a base for unarmed drones to conduct surveillance. Obama announced the deployment in a letter to Congress, saying that the forces "will provide support for intelligence collection and will also facilitate intelligence sharing with French forces conducting operations in Mali, and with other partners in the region." The move marks a deepening of U.S. efforts to stem the spread of al-Qaida and its affiliates in the volatile region. It also underscores Obama's desire to fig...

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