January 29th, 2013
09:49 PM ET

Drone Warfare: U.S. signs deal with Niger for surveillance base

The U.S. government is launching a new war. Some of America's 7500 drones may be about to take off, with new targets in their sights.

Today, Niger's ambassador to the U.S. told CNN that his government has agreed to allow the U.S. military to place drones in his country -

All in an effort to gather intelligence on neighboring Mali, Algeria and Libya - three spots where we've seen a recent explosion in al Qaeda-linked attacks onĀ Americans.

OutFront tonight: Eric Schmitt - Senior writer for the New York Times covering terrorism and national security issues. He broke the story this morning that the U.S. is planning a drone base in Niger andĀ Retired Air Force Lieutenant General Dave Deptula who oversaw the first predator drone strike in 2001.

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