How a C.I.A. Drone Base Grew in Niger’s Desert | NYT – Visual Investigations
this is a new air base in the Sahara Desert it’s home to secret drone operations by the CIA that’s what American in each area and officials have told the times this is that same location to seven months earlier we’re going to show you two things screw out of a small commercial airstrip and what’s important about this location this image from January 2018 shows a simple airstrip surrounded by sand here’s what it look like to land there in a civilian plain and this is the civilian area just eight days later we see that construction on the Drone base has begun that construction moves fast a month later we see new structures and security walls also see what appear to be several new defensive positions beyond the compounds Walls by September we see the base has more capacity there’s a second and bigger taxiway and that taxiway connect to a new clamshell tent probably an aircraft shelter the layout and dimensions are similar to those at known drum bases so where is this and why does it matter the bases just outside of town in northeastern easier but here’s a Twist the US military is building its own strong base just 350 miles away it’ll be there to Target extremist in the region the CIA won’t comment on white needs its own base it could be because it’s closer to Southern Libya which sees a lot of extremist activity but it could also how the CIA is expanding its drone operations under President Trump This would run counter to an obama-era policy one that sought to put the military not the CIA in charge of drone a textOfficials from the U.S. and Niger have confirmed the location of a new C.I.A. drone base to The New York Times. We’ve analyzed its construction and location.
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