US to site military base in Niger Republic

US to site military base in Niger Republic

The United States is going to invest $50 million in the construction of a military air base in the city of Agadez in Niger that will earmarked for the deployment of drones, the BBC reported on Friday, citing the US Department of Defense.

Michelle Baldanza, a spokeswoman for the Pentagon, confirmed that the United States is ready to pay for a new airstrip, “associated pavements, facilities and infrastructure” in Agadez, the BBC reported.

Baldanza said that the cost of the military air base is estimated at $50 million, in contrast to The Intercept website, which reported on Thursday, citing formerly secret documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, that the base would cost $100 million and will be built in 2017. Read more

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