The U.S. military wants to put a drone base in northwestern Africa to deal with the threat of Islamic terrorists operating in the region, officials say.
The New York Times reported Monday officials say only unarmed surveillance drones are anticipated for the time being though arming the unmanned aircraft with missiles would be an option if the situation deteriorates.
The newspaper said the drone base, still in the planning stage and in need of Pentagon and White House approval, would most likely be in Niger, which borders restive Mali in the east.
The U.S. military's Africa Command is discussing its plans with other countries in the region, including Burkina Faso, officials said.
TVNL Comment: Unarmed, for the time being? What nonsense.