U.S. War On Terror Shifts Towards Africa With Plans For Drone Base

Uh oh. The New York Times reports:

The U.S. military is preparing to establish a drone base in northwest Africa so that it can increase surveillance missions on Islamist extremist groups that American and other Western officials say pose a growing menace to the region.

The move is an indication of the priority Africa has become in American antiterrorism efforts. The United States military has a limited presence in Africa, with only one permanent base, in the country of Djibouti. If the base is approved, the most likely location for it would be in Niger.

A handful of unarmed Predator drones would carry out surveillance missions in the region and fill a desperate need for more detailed information on a range of regional threats, including militants in Mali and the unabated flow of fighters and weapons from Libya. The plan could face resistance from some [officials] who are wary of committing any additional American forces to a fight against a poorly understood web of extremist groups in North Africa.

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  • Raz

    Lootin Africa, more likely!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

    “carry out surveillance missions in the region and fill a desperate need
    for more detailed information on a range of regional threats, including
    militants in Mali and the unabated flow of fighters and weapons from
    Libya.” A ‘desperate need’? Go fuck yourself NYT–toilet paper of record.

  • Chaos_Dynamics

    Embed 3 laws into global drone fleet:

    1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

    2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

    3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

  • jnana

    “The plan could face resistance from some [officials] who are wary of committing any additional American forces to a fight against a poorly understood web of extremist groups in North Africa.”
    What about resistance from civilians who don’t want to be “accidentally” bombed or even have their skies invaded by foreign military.
    Might makes right,
    but the meek shall inherit the earth.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Might doesn’t make right, it just makes the rules.

  • BuzzCoastin

    Der homeland has long had military in Africa
    drones too
    the interesting thing is why they (Homelander mouthpiece NYT)
    is making a to-do about it now

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=647058614 Will Coles

    If this doesn’t make it painfully clear what the US ‘War on Terror’ really is I don’t know what it would take! The US can not afford to pay the same rate that China can afford so it will use deception & violence to force the Chinese out & ‘secure’ contracts with those new economic colonies. & they tell you China is the aggressor…

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