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US-Constructed Air Base in Niger Begins Operations

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US-Constructed Air Base in Niger Begins Operations

PENTAGON - The new U.S.-constructed air base in Agadez, Niger, is now fully operational, carrying out its first unmanned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance flights this week, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) told VOA Friday.

“We are working with our African and international partners to counter security threats in West Africa. The construction of this base demonstrates our investment in our African partners and mutual security interests in the region,” said Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, the commander of U.S. Africa Command.

The U.S. Air Force has said the $110 million airfield is one of the harshest locations from which the military operates. The facility, dubbed Air Base 201, was finished earlier this year after several delays caused in part by the challenges of working in a remote desert.
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