Trump continues with African drone mission expansion in the Sahara

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Video footage has emerged of US forces expanding their presence in the Sahara Desert with a secret drone base development.

The New York Times has released a video documenting the growth, from January to September, of an American drone airbase in the Sahara Desert.

Nigerien and American officials told the Post that the CIA had been flying drones on surveillance missions for several months from a corner of a small commercial airport in Dirkou, which new satellite imagery confirms.

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The report suggests how under the Obama Administration, drone operations within the CIA were somewhat scaled back and responsibility was handed over to the military.

However this expansion, which shows how the Dirkou airport has grown significantly since February to include a new taxiway, walls and security posts, indicates how Trump wants to utilise the power of drones.

The report goes on to suggest how another drone location expansion in Niger has also been planned. The bases are said to be part of the US strategy to combat terrorist organisations in Southern Libya.

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