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Peace campaigners to march on US air force comms base

PEACE campaigners will march on a major US air force communications centre at RAF Croughton on Saturday.

The Pentagon is embarked on a £200 million upgrade to the base on the Oxfordshire-Northamptonshire border to turn it into a “major international intelligence hub” housing the new Joint Intelligence Analysis Centre and 1,500 US military and intelligence staff.

It is also planned to be a ground station for the “space force” planned by US President Donald Trump to establish “American dominance in space.”

Oxford CND’s Nigel Day said the base would help co-ordinate lethal drone strikes in Yemen, Somalia and the Sahel region of north Africa, after Germany told the US that it could not use its Ramstein base in the country’s south-west for “death-dealing” activities.

“We don’t want this development. It drags us into Nato and US aggression abroad,” Mr Day told the Morning Star.

A minibus organised by the Oxfordshire Peace Campaign leaves St Giles, Oxford, at 10.45am and Oxford railway station at 11am. Tickets are priced £8 and pre-booking is essential on (01865) 248-357 or

The rally at Croughton will run from noon to 4pm.


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