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Niger (yes, right next to Mali) to host US drones
Niger's president has agreed to let the US use the country—which borders Mali—as a base for surveillance drones, a source tells Reuters.

The drones would be used to spy on militants with al-Qaeda ties in Mali and the Sahara as a whole, according to the insider, who says President Mahamadou Issoufou didn't hesitate to approve yesterday's request.

Reuters reports drones could end up being stationed in the deserts of the country's north, which abuts Algeria and Libya as well.
Posted by:Besoeker

#4  Be very, very careful how you say and spell the name.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia   2013-01-29 16:40  

#3  It's all about oil the atom.

(France has some 54 nuclear power plants)
Posted by: Besoeker   2013-01-29 14:32  

#2  Just don't tell Joe Wilson.
Posted by: lotp   2013-01-29 14:01  

#1  Niger is the fourth ranking producer of uranium in the world today.

In 2011 it produced 4351 tU, and cumulative production from the country was 114,346 tU to the end of 2010. About 62,000 tU of this was from underground, and 52,000 t from open pit mining.

Uranium is mined close to the twin mining towns of Arlit and Akokan, 900 km north-east of the capital Niamey (more than 1,200 km by road) on the southern border of the Sahara desert and on the western range of the Air mountains. The concentrates are trucked to ports in Benin and exported for conversion, mostly to Comurhex in France.

Would be good to keep islamic terrorists away from this country.
Posted by: Alaska Paul   2013-01-29 12:27