-The surveillance base would help fight boko haram in Countries such as Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Mali.
United States military recently stated that it is building/investing $100 million in temporary base for surveillance drones in Agadez, located in central Niger. According to engadget "the base will serve as a central surveillance hub in the fight against both Boko Haram and roaming militant groups linked to al Qaeda."
A US Africa Command spokesperson said in an email to Reuters "at the request of, and in close coordination with, the Government of Niger, United States Africa Command is establishing a temporary, expeditionary cooperative security location in Agadez, Niger," he also added "Agadez is an ideal, central location to enable ISR collection (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) to face the security threat across the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin region."
Niger is also among other countries struggling from the effects of the jihadist group Boko Haram. Their activity in Niger has extended across its southern border with Nigeria as well as roaming al Qaeda-linked groups in its vast desert spaces.
Agadez is also a major transit point for African migrants seeking a northwards path towards Europe. The US already has a military presence in both Agadez and the national capital, Niamey. Establishment of this new drone base will likely transition to Agadez, centralizing America's ISR (Intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance) efforts in the region. Reports also added that any intel gathered by these drones will be shared among America's regional partners including Nigeria, Chad and Mali.