US Agadez Drone Base In Niger To Cost At Least 50 Million

International Business Times

The United States is planning to invest in a military air base in the Northwest African country of Niger. The development of the new military base is expected to see the transfer of U.S. assets in the region from the U.S.'s shared air base with France's anti-Islamist force -- Operation Barkhane -- in Niger's capital city of Niamey to the new facility in the city of Agadez. Codenamed "Air Base 201," the report found that in addition to the 50 million set aside for the construction, nearly 50 million more would be provided for the "operation and maintenance" of the base. The project, which is expected to be completed in 2017, is considered "the most important U.S. military construction effort in Africa," according to the Intercept report.