CIA expanding drone strikes to Africa

A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone takes off from Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan March 9, 2016. PHOTO:REUTERSA U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone takes off from Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan March 9, 2016. PHOTO:REUTERS

A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone takes off from Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan March 9, 2016. PHOTO:REUTERS

WASHINGTON DC: The Central Intelligence Agency of the United States is set to launch covert drone strikes against suspected Al-Qaeda and Islamic state militants from a base in northeastern Niger, the New York Times reported.

Nigerian and US officials told the newspaper that Central Intelligence Agency operatives have been flying surveillance drones from a small airport in the town of Dirkou.

The airport has grown since February to include new runways and security posts, the Times reported late Sunday, citing satellite images.

Niger’s Interior Minister Mohamed Bazoum acknowledged the drone presence, but gave few

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