Large CIA military base in Niger, Russia is dissatisfied

TEL AVIV, (BM) – The CIA carried out the military base expansion for strike drones, the IsraelDefense website said earlier in March, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

A military base to attack drones was built by the CIA in 2018 in northern Niger. According to the site, Pentagon created the CIA’s military base for attacks against al-Qaeda in Libya. The site also reports that there is no confirmed information about drone attacks from this base.

According to Israeli experts, the Dirku base’s expansion shows that the intelligence agency plans to carry out attacks from there if it receives permission from the administration.

Satellite images show that Dirku’s base has recently been expanded, the runway has been extended, and security measures have been stepped up at the base. Satellite images show an object similar to the MQ-9 Reaper drone, and another object has been identified as the U-28A, which is commonly used to provide operational support to US special forces.

According to the website, the African American command operates Reaper drones from the capital of Niger, Niamey, which locates 800 km south of the Dirku base and the Agadez base in Niger. The US military has attacked al-Qaeda and Islamic State targets in Libya.

Reaction from Russia

Russian experts were quick to respond to the expansion of the military base in Niger. Several Russian media outlets have linked Russian Wagner mercenaries to Libya’s presence with the new US base in Nigeria.

According to them, the United States is constantly pushing for the withdrawal of foreign mercenaries from Libya, especially the Wagner group. Specialists who, according to the United States, actively support Haftar’s forces. The withdrawal of foreign mercenaries will weaken the impact on Libya’s situation from other countries, including Russia.

In turn, the creation and expansion of US military bases in Libya’s neighboring countries will allow the White House to increase its influence on the North African country’s domestic political situation.

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