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Mali conflict: US deploys 100 troops to neighbour Niger

The US has deployed 100 troops to Niger to assist French forces in neighbouring Mali, the US president has said. The armed troops will provide intelligence support, President Barack Obama informed Congress on Friday. France deployed troops to Mali in January to counter al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militants. The US and Niger signed a status of forces agreement last month, and the US is weighing a base for surveillance drones there, US media have reported. A senior Niger official said in January that US Ambassador Bisa Williams requested permission to establish a drone base in a meeting with Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou, the Reuters news agency reported. Last month, the US and … Continue reading

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U.S. to base surveillance drones in Niger, ambassador says

The United States has signed a deal with the central Africa nation of Niger that allows deployment of surveillance drones to keep tabs on Islamic militants in the region, officials from both countries said Tuesday. Niger is next door to Mali, where France joined the fight against Islamic rebels earlier this month Pentagon spokesman George Little said the role of the U.S. military in Niger “has not yet been defined” — but Niger’s ambassador to the United States, Maman Sidikou, told CNN that his government has agreed to let U.S. drones operate from its territory. Sidikou said his understanding of the agreement is the drones will be unarmed and used … Continue reading

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