Saturday, February 23, 2013

US enters new War: Troops sent to Niger

Wisdom Quarterly; Los Angeles Times;
Money for mayhem and worldwide militarization: US to sell Predator drones to United Arab Emirates (
WASHINGTON, D.C. -  About 100 U.S. troops have [been] deployed to the West African country of Niger [nee-jair] to help establish a drone base for surveillance missions, in the latest step by the United States to aid French forces battling Islamic militants in neighboring Mali [and Timbuktu]. In a letter to Congress on Friday, President Obama said the deployment would "provide support for intelligence collection and will also facilitate intelligence sharing with French forces conducting operations in Mali, and with other partners in the region." The last 40 American troops in the deployment arrived in Niger on Feb. 20 with the consent of the government, Obama said. A senior U.S. officer described the [military] troops as a security unit... More
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