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U.S. drone malfunctions, makes emergency landing in Niger

Added 01-25-21 09:35:02am EST - “A U.S. military drone malfunctioned and was forced to make an emergency landing in Niger over the weekend, Pentagon officials said after images emerged on social media that seem to show the MQ-1C Gray Eagle sitting in an abandoned…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “U.S. drone malfunctions, makes emergency landing in Niger”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A U.S. military drone malfunctioned and was forced to make an emergency landing in Niger over the weekend, Pentagon officials said after images emerged on social media that seem to show the MQ-1C Gray Eagle sitting in an abandoned field near the city of Agadez.

“A U.S. Africa Command remotely piloted aircraft conducted an emergency landing in the vicinity of Agadez, Niger, Jan. 23. The aircraft experienced a mechanical malfunction while conducting a routine mission in support of operations in the region,” U.S. Africa Command said in a statement. “An investigation into the cause of the malfunction will take place. The aircraft is under observation.”

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America’s military role in Niger remains somewhat mysterious. U.S. forces are stationed in the region as part of a multinational effort to battle extremist groups that have sprung up across northern Africa in recent years.

The Pentagon has offered no information about the malfunctioning drone’s specific mission, but it seems highly likely that it was related to the anti-terror campaign.

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