The US drone base in Niger has repercussions for the Sahel Sahara’s fragile security.
The Sahel Sahara is one of the largest poorly governed regions in the world. Terrorism, banditry, trafficking (humans, arms, drugs), cattle rustling and armed robbery have thrived in the region. The governments of the countries that share the region’s borders appear unwilling or unable to govern their territories. In 2014, the US government, in agreement with Niger, decided to build a $110-million drone base in Agadez. In this article, Olayinka Ajala explores the potential
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