Niger Allows U.S. to Arm Drones Stationed in Country’s Capital

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MQ-9 Reapers sit on the flight line on Nov. 6, 2017, at Duke Field, Fla. U.S. Africa Command will begin conducting armed drone flights from iNiger, adding more combat power in a country where four U.S. soldiers were killed in an ambush by militants. (ILKA COLE/U.S. AIR FORCE)

December 1, 2017
OAN Newsroom

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 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.