US Military Plans Drone Base in Northwest Africa

News reports say the United States is preparing to establish a base for drones in northwest Africa to boost surveillance of Islamist extremist groups.

Reports quote U.S. officials, on the condition of anonymity, who say the base will likely be located in Niger.

They say if the plan is approved, the base could have up to 300 U.S. military personnel.

Niger is the eastern neighbor of Mali where French and Malian troops are now battling Islamist militants.

The New York Times, which first …