(NYT) Pentagon is preparing to establish a drone base in Niger

The Pentagon is preparing to establish a drone base in Niger so that it can increase surveillance missions on the local Qaeda affiliate, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and associated groups. Starting this year, the Africa Command will also send small teams from a 4,000-member brigade in Kansas to conduct nearly 100 exercises and training programs in 35 African countries – from a larger article in the NY Times http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/12/world/africa/militant-threats-test-pentagons-role-in-africa.html?pagewanted=2&src=recg

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