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US plans drone base in Africa

WASHINGTON — The US military command in Africa is preparing to establish a drone base in northwest Africa to increase unarmed surveillance of local affiliates of Al Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups that officials say pose a growing menace to the region.

For now, officials say, they envision flying only unarmed surveillance drones from the base, although they have not ruled out conducting missile strikes at some point if the threat worsens.

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