US to increase its use of assassination drones in West Africa
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A state-funded BBC report confirms the US plans to increase the use of its terror drones in West African nations including Ghana.
Reports also suggest that for years, the US security and military forces have been secretly preparing bases in that part of the world for keeping and controlling unmanned aircraft capable of collecting military data and being used in the so-called war on terror.
The US plan includes operations in Ghana, as well as other African nations.
The first of these bases is to be launched in Mali, where the US claims drones will be used to fight against Mali extremists in the north of the country. However, the claim is rejected as baseless by observers.
Word of an escalation in the use of drones comes as tens of thousands of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan have already been killed over US interests.
According to Kwesi Pratt, the managing editor of Insight, more than 2,500 Pakistani civilians have lost their lives as a result of the US assassination drone strikes. This is while the international community remains silent on the matter.
The US has also been using its drones in Somalia. The actual number of innocent civilians who have been killed in the African nation remains unknown.