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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

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