May 30, 2024

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As US withdraws troops from Niger, Russian influence increases

As US withdraws troops from Niger, Russian influence increases

In Niger's capital, Niamey, hundreds celebrated the withdrawal of US troops

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US withdraws troops from Niger More than a thousand American soldiers will leave the West African nation in the coming months.

After reporting from The New York Times Sources told Reuters news agency that an agreement had been reached between the US State Department and the military junta in Niger regarding the withdrawal of troops.

Earlier, France expelled all its soldiers and diplomats from the country. It did this a few months after a military coup in Niger in the summer of 2023. After the coup, the criminals turned against the old settler and military cooperation ceased.

The US military has two bases in Niger, including a large drone base in the north of the country. The drone base cost more than US $100 million to build and is used for drone strikes against al-Qaeda and Islamic State affiliates in the Sahel region.

A drone base in northern Niger has been in use since 2018. I don't know what will happen to the military base.

Russian influences

Niger has long been an ally of the US and the EU and they worked together militarily until conspirators came to power in Niger. The new officers joined military groups in neighboring Mali and Burkina Faso.

The military junta in Niger recently suspended military cooperation with the United States. Hundreds of residents took to the streets last week to demand the departure of American soldiers, almost simultaneously welcoming Russian military instructors.

The coup in Niger has caused concern around the world. NOS op 3 produced the video below about the situation:

Why the world is watching Niger