Officials: US to Deploy Unarmed Drones to Niger

U.S. defense officials say the United States has deployed several Predator drones to the West African country of Niger to fly surveillance missions in support of French troops battling Islamists in neighboring Mali.

The officials quoted in U.S. news reports say the unarmed robotic aircraft are to be based near the Niger capital, Niamey, along with a contingent of about 100 U.S. military personnel.

U.S. President Barack Obama notified Congress Friday that the U.S. force would provide support …