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Obama: Our Mission in Niger Has Begun

Obama: Our Mission in Niger Has Begun
Posted February 23rd, 2013 @ 10:36am by By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff

(NEWSER– President Obama told Congress today that he has sent troops to Niger to support France's mission against militants in neighboring Mali, Reuters reports.

But the deployment of about 100 military personnel will only set up a base for unarmed aircraft to conduct surveillance, he wrote in a letter.

He didn't explicitly reference drones, but NBC News—which numbers the first wave of personnel at 250 to 300—reports that two surveillance drones will initially be stationed there.


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