December 1, 2017
The U.S. is greatly expanding its military presence in Africa as part of its efforts to fight Islamic militants on the continent.
On Thursday, Pentagon officials revealed details of a long sought after agreement with the Nigerien government.
The arrangement, finalized this week, allows for the U.S.to arm its drones stationed in the country’s capital to counter terror groups located throughout West Africa.
This comes after four American soldiers were killed by suspected Islamic militants during a deadly ambush back in October.
Officials say the operation reflects the — quote — “long term strategic partnership” between the two nations.