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U.S. Weighs Base for
Spy Drones in North Africa

New York Times, by Eric Schmitt

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 1/28/2013 10:34:57 PM

Washington - The United States military is preparing to establish a drone base in northwest Africa so that it can increase surveillance missions on the local affiliate of Al Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups that American and other Western officials say pose a growing menace to the region. (Snip) If the base is approved, the most likely location for it would be in Niger, a largely desert nation on the eastern border of Mali. The American military’s Africa Command, or Africom, is also discussing options for the base with other countries in the region, including Burkina Faso, officials said.

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Africa is heating up with Al Qaeda trying to find their safe haven, among other things. Burkina Faso is to the east of Niger and both are on the southern border of Mali. This is not going away soon, if ever.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: dirtyjersey, 1/28/2013 10:43:25 PM     (No. 9145382)

At what point do we let someone else bear the burden? What possible strategic interest do we have here?

We can´t even defend our own border, maintain our infrastructure or develop our own resources.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: oh-heck, 1/28/2013 10:50:31 PM     (No. 9145389)

Our drones are our blackest of projects. Why would be publicly discuss from where we plan on staging them? It´s almost as if Obama is trying to give them away to the opposition.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Scribelus, 1/28/2013 10:50:37 PM     (No. 9145390)

Shoot skeet wherever it might be available.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: horacer, 1/28/2013 11:00:14 PM     (No. 9145400)

Drones today, troops tomorrow. So many avenues from which to strike a small American base. Best option Libya.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: IdahoJoe, 1/29/2013 12:05:08 AM     (No. 9145468)

These drones will provide Hillary and Barack with hours of entertainment watching more government personnel die. They must be for entertainment. They don´t use the intel gained from drones to save any lives, and the intel serves no other purpose, because they lie to everyone about what they see.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 1/29/2013 12:17:41 AM     (No. 9145477)

Ah, yes! A great opportunity to spread more of that American wealth to the enlightened continent of Africa. With possibly a bonus pay-off of eventually spilling some of our volunteer army blood in the African sands.

Mama, don´t let your daughters grow up to be combat troops in Africa. [Their post-capture treatment will probably be worse than waterboarding KSM.]

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Reply 7 - Posted by: LanieLou, 1/29/2013 12:46:01 AM     (No. 9145498)

Propaganda Alert ! This has nothing to do with keeping America safe. This is Obama gifting The Muslim Brotherhood an entire Drone Facility, complete with 300 sacred American lives. Why? So as The Muslim Brotherhood expands their invasions, they can target & kill locals who prefer to remain free.

The invasions are failing. Obama is trying to help The Muslim Brotherhood regain the upper hand.

Pentagon... balls in your court.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: fleetusa, 1/29/2013 3:15:49 AM     (No. 9145555)

Sicily or Malta sound better

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Spidey, 1/29/2013 4:45:48 AM     (No. 9145570)

I´m sure they don´t want to waste drones in Africa when they´re needed here to spy on southern sates which reject all forms of obamaisms.

The new Obama slogan should be "resistance is futile".

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Reply 10 - Posted by: provide, 1/29/2013 6:21:47 AM     (No. 9145629)

Just another place to be "over run by militants" and handing over the technology to our enemies.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: suziesuburbanite, 1/29/2013 7:47:32 AM     (No. 9145750)

Why don´t we just tell France we will give them as much help as they gave us in Afganistan?

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