U.S. Troops Launch Drone Base in Niger

    A French tank is seen heading north  at the tail end of a 60-plus military convoy in Gao, northern Mali,  Wednesday Feb. 6, 2013. Troops from France and Chad moved into Kidal in an effort to secure the strategic north Malian city, a French official said Tuesday, as the international force put further pressure on the Islamic extremists to push them out of their last major bastion of control in the north.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    French military during conflict in Mali on Feb. 6. (Jerome Delay/AP)

    Another country will become home to a U.S. drone base soon, President Obama announced. At least 100 troops have been deployed to Niger to set up a station for unarmed drones. According to defense officials, the drones will be used purely for surveillance. The announcement came in the form of a letter to Congress, defending the action as necessary to "facilitate intelligence sharing" with French forces in Mali as well as other regional associates. It will also help fight extremism without sending many ground forces, he wrote.

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