US has resumed drone operations out of Niger The U.S. has resumed drone flights out of Niger “within the last couple of weeks” despite a coup that overthrew the democratically elected president, the top U.S. Air Force commander for Africa said. America had halted drone operations after the July coup, Gen. James B. Hecker, commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa told.
“We’re continuing to do the mission now,” Hecker said. Hecker explained that the US has been quietly negotiating a livable arrangement with the new government, after US personnel in Niger have spent a month confined to their bases. “They were able to turn that around fairly quickly where we didn’t have to totally evacuate everything out there,” he added. Some 1,100 U.S. troops are based in Niger, and now U.S. manned and unmanned platforms are back to more normal operations.
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