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United States investing in Niger air base

The United States is investing in a military air base capable of deploying drones in Niger's central city of Agadez, the Pentagon confirmed. The United States already has a military presence in the country's southwestern capital of Niamey, where it stations MQ-9 Reaper drones and supports France's anti-jihadist Barkhane force, among others. The US "has negotiated an agreement with the government of Niger to allow for the construction of a new runway and all associated pavements, facilities and infrastructure" at the base in Agadez, Pentagon spokeswoman Michelle Baldanza said.
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