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Why the Yanks were booted out of Niger ... impudence and US officials were "condescending",

Наглость Госдепа приводит к изгнанию США из Африки

The existence of the most important military base for the United States in Africa is under threat. The leadership of Niger made a sensational decision to withdraw American troops from the country. And it's not just that Niger is now establishing cooperation with Russia and Iran. The behaviour of the official delegation of the U.S. State Department led to this development of events. What is it about?

The Niger government has terminated the agreement that allows the American contingent to remain in the country, Reuters reports citing the representative of the transitional government of Niger Amadou Abdraman. The decision takes effect immediately. It is stated that American troops are on the territory of Niger illegally and their deployment was unilaterally imposed on the country.

Nothing predicted such a development of events. The fact is that after seizing power in the country, the Nigerian military did not raise the issue of withdrawing American bases. Only the French were strictly instructed to leave. They left, and Niamey began to build a new relationship with Russia, including a Russian military presence to combat jihadist terrorism and Tuareg separatism to replace the ineffective French presence.




'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 25th, 2024 at 09:19:34 PM EST
Exactly what I have been writing since 2011 .... end the lies and bull$hit of Western powers and overthrowing governments in Africa and the Middle East.

Niger: the west's bulwark against jihadis and Russian influence in Africa | FT - 7 July 2022 |

Niger's president Mohamed Bazoum (centre) and German chancellor Olaf Scholz leave the Presidential Palace in Niamey, Niger Berlin has been training Niger's soldiers in counter-terrorism [Credit: Boureima Hama/AFP/Getty Images]

Niger's president Mohamed Bazoum (centre) and German chancellor Olaf Scholz leave the Presidential Palace in Niamey, Niger, in May this year. Berlin has been training Niger's soldiers in counter-terrorism © Boureima Hama/AFP/Getty Images

Chad, previously a stalwart French ally, is unstable after Idriss Déby, president and commander of the most effective fighting machine in the Sahel, died in battle last year at the hands of insurgents allegedly trained by Wagner. Emmanuel Macron, the French president, attended Déby's funeral in N'Djamena.

Much of the rot set in after western powers, including France and the UK, engineered the downfall of Libya's longtime dictator, Muammer Gaddafi, in 2011. The resulting power vacuum precipitated a flood of arms into the Sahel, weaponising ancient antagonisms and providing Islamists and criminal gangs with the wherewithal to wage terror. Wagner is now fighting in Libya too, alongside the rebel general Khalifa Haftar.

Ibrahim Yahaya, senior Sahel analyst at Crisis Group, endorses the idea that Russia has opened "a second front" in the Sahel with the aim of destabilising European interests. Using Wagner, he says, is a cheap way of making trouble that provides deniability and costs Moscow nothing. "It's a different way of doing diplomacy. You use private companies that are there to make money, but then you use them to promote your strategic goals."

Wagner, Mali, and prospects for peace in Africa | Responsible Statecraft - 27 Dec 2023 |

Why the path to stability in Bamako may have to run through Moscow

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 25th, 2024 at 09:21:08 PM EST
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