The US military opened its new air base in Niger on 1 November, US Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced.
The base is just south of the city of Agadez and has a new 2 km-long runway that was built by US military personnel and contractors. The US military refers to it as a Nigerien military airbase.
"The US military is at Nigerien Air Base 201 at the request of the government of Niger," AFRICOM commander US Army General Stephen Townsend was quoted as saying in the announcement. "We are working with our African and international partners to counter security threats in West Africa.
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