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US deploys Predator drones to Niger: official

French Mirage 2000 D fighter jets of the Nancy-based 3/3 Fighter Squadron Ardennes taxi on February 18, 2013 in Mali. The United States has deployed several Predator drones to Niger to fly surveillance missions in support of French forces in Mali, a US deThe United States has deployed several Predator drones to Niger to fly surveillance missions in support of French forces in Mali, a US defense official said Friday. The unarmed robotic aircraft are flying out of Niamey at a base with a 100-strong contingent of Air Force personnel, the defense official told AFP on condition of anonymity.