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Tue Jan 29, 2013, 12:10 PM

Niger gives green light to U.S. drone deployment: source

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Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - Niger has given permission for U.S. surveillance drones to be stationed on its territory to improve intelligence on al Qaeda-linked Islamist fighters in northern Mali and the wider Sahara, a senior government source said.

The U.S. ambassador to Niger, Bisa Williams, made the request at a meeting on Monday with President Mahamadou Issoufou, who immediately accepted it, the source said.

"Niger has given the green light to accepting American surveillance drones on its soil to improve the collection of intelligence on Islamist movements," said the source, who asked not to be identified.

The drones could be stationed in Niger's northern desert region of Agadez, which borders Mali, Algeria and Libya, the source said.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/29/us-mali-rebels-niger-idUSBRE90S0DX20130129

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jsr Jan 2013 OP
grahamhgreen Jan 2013 #1
Lesmoderesstupides Jan 2013 #2
dixiegrrrrl Jan 2013 #3
Lesmoderesstupides Jan 2013 #4
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Response to jsr (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 12:17 PM

1. How much will that cost me and why can't the rich or the war hawks be taxed extra to pay for it?

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 12:29 PM

2. Going to be interesting here when the next GOP POTUS is flying Drones all over the place killing

 

people.

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Response to Lesmoderesstupides (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 01:23 PM

3. Sad to say, THIS POTUS is flying drones all over the place.

Drone Facts:
( this is from Jan 2012)
The United States and Israel are the two most important manufacturers of military drones.
Israel was the first country which developed military drone technology after the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, during which its air force sustained large losses.

The United States is both the largest producer and the most frequent user of the aircraft.
The U.S.-made Predator (which costs $4.5 million-$11 million per unit) or the larger, more expensive and more advanced Reaper ($30 million per unit) are the best-known UAVs.

The American military now has some 7,000 aerial drones, compared with fewer than 50 some 10 years ago.
The Pentagon has asked Congress for nearly $5 billion for drones in the 2012 budget.
http://www.rferl.org/content/drones_who_makes_them_and_who_has_them/24469168.html

Pentagon plans drone sales to 66 countries
September, 2012
http://rt.com/usa/news/drone-66-countries-us-556/
Germany Plans to Deploy Armed Drones
http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/germany-plans-to-deploy-armed-drones-in-combat-abroad-a-879633.html

Anticipating domestic boom, colleges rev up drone piloting programs
http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/29/16726198-anticipating-domestic-boom-colleges-rev-up-drone-piloting-programs?lite

Sen. McCain: We need border drones to get a deal on immigration reforms
http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/279745-mccain-we-need-border-drones-for-immigration-deal

The economy may suck for most of us, but not for drone manufacturing.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 01:24 PM

4. I realize that but most here don't seem to have a problem with Pres Obama doing it now.

 

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 01:43 PM

5. sorry, this is a duplicate topic

The thread title of the previous thread doesn't help, but reading the text will confirm that this thread is on the same topic:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014383714

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