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US Building Air Base for Drones in Niger 2018-09-0491180

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The U.S. Air Force is getting close to completing a base in northern Niger for armed drones that will target militant groups operating in the area.
美国空军即将完成在尼日尔北部的兴建的无人机基地,主要用于打击活跃在该地区的激进组织。
Auburn Davis, a spokesman for U.S. Air Force Europe and Air Force Africa, told VOA that the base is the biggest U.S. Airforce-led construction project ever.The total proposed cost of building the base is $98.5 million.
美国空军欧洲与非洲司令部发言人奥本·戴维斯告诉美国之音说,该基地是美国空军迄今为止主导建设的最大建筑工程。建设该基地的拟议总成本高达9850万美元。
The base is in the northern city of Agadez in the Sahara Desert.There, militants and smugglers find ways to go to and from Libya, Algeria, Mali and Chad.
该基地位于撒哈拉沙漠北部城市阿加德兹。那里的武装分子和走私贩找到了进出利比亚、阿尔及利亚、马里和乍得的通路。
About 650 military members will be deployed to the base once it is operational.
基地一旦投入使用,将会向其派遣650名左右军事人员。
The U.S. military said an undecided number of military drones, including MQ-9s, will also be sent to the base.They are currently being used at another drone base in the capital, Niamey.
美国军队称,包括MQ-9在内的未知数量的军用无人机也会被派往该基地。目前,这些无人机正在尼日尔首都尼亚美市的另一个基地中使用。
The U.S military says it decided to build the base in Agadez in partnership with the government of Niger.
美国军方表示,决定在阿加德兹建基地是与尼日尔政府的合作。
Nigerien Defense Minister Kalla Mountari confirmed that his government requested the Air Force’s presence to help the country in its fight against terrorists and international criminal groups.
尼日尔国防部部长卡拉·蒙德里证实,是其政府要求美国空军帮助该国打击恐怖分子和国际犯罪集团。
Some experts believe the construction of the base is a sign that the Sahel area of Africa is becoming increasingly militarized.
一些专家认为,该基地的建立标志着非洲萨赫尔地区军事化的增强。
William Assanvo is a West African coordinator at the Institute for Security Studies Africa.He told VOA that the future base, "raises some concerns about foreign powers taking roots in the Sahel to pursue national interests that are not always clear..."
威廉·阿桑沃是非洲安全研究协会西非协调员。他告诉美国之音说,“这座未来基地也引发了一些担忧,担忧外来势力为了追求并不明确的国家利益扎根萨赫勒地区。”
Nigerien officials consider the Agadez base important for dealing with the growing security threat of terrorism in Niger and nearby countries.
尼日尔官员认为阿加德兹基地对于处理尼日尔和周边国家越来越严重的恐怖主义安全威胁来说至关重要。
Niger’s defense minister, Kalla Mountari, said the area between Agadez and his country’s border with Libya is large and unpopulated.Militants are able, in his words, "to move about freely there."He added that militants also use the area to move weapons.
尼日尔国防部长卡拉·蒙德里表示,阿加德兹和与利比亚边境之间的地区幅员辽阔,人口稀少。用他的话说就是,“武装分子能够在那里自由活动”。他还说,还有武装分子利用该地区运输武器。
Assanvo said he believes the move to Agadez could also be part of the U.S. military’s effort to have a quiet presence in the area -- without leading to opposition from the local population.
阿桑沃表示,他认为向阿加德兹转移是美军在为保持这个地方的安静而努力,希望不会引起当地人民的反对。
This is important, Assanvo said, "given the clear opposition a significant part of [the Nigerien population has] voiced about the increasing Western presence in the country."
阿桑沃表示:“这一点非常重要,因为尼日尔民众中已有一大部分人明确表示反对越来越多的西方势力出现在尼日尔。”
I’m Phil Dierking.
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