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The MQ-9 Reapers will operate from new facilities the US Air Force is building at an existing Nigerien base in Agadez for nearly $100 million. Until recently, the drones have been based in Niger's capital and used solely to collect intelligence on militant groups operating in the region.
But last November, following an attack that killed five Nigerien and four American troops near the village of Tongo Tongo, the government of Niger requested that the United States begin deploying armed drones against jihadi groups.
The Tongo Tongo ambush spotlighted a policy issue that draws little public attention in the United States — the ongoing war in Africa's Sahel region against militant groups emboldened by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
originally posted by: Forensick
a reply to: tovenar
Hrmmm, French Rape APC’s? Seems a little far fetched. If I remember Abu Ghraib was not a dedicated facilit to rape and torture, it was a few booties getting carried away and photographing themselves humiliatingly prisoners for which the few that were involved were arrested a jailed.
A long way from this to building rape wagons to drive around the Ivory Coast raping male soldiers to death.