Pentagon to arm U.S. drones in Niger

The Defense Department has received permission from the Nigerien government to arm its MQ-9 Reaper drones operating in the African country. The drones will fly out of Niamey, Niger’s capital, a State Department official said Friday. The plan will put more firepower in the region but will also require additional American troops. Additional pilots and aircraft [...]


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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.