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'In the fight against jihadist groups, Niger has no better allies than France and the US' | France24 |

To the consternation of France and the US, soldiers in Niger detained the country's President Mohamed Bazoum at his home on July 26 and declared a coup. Despite this condemnation of the coup, they have not intervened. And the newly installed junta has made numerous diplomatic swipes against France and the US's condemnation of the coup and scrapped its military pacts with France.

Niger is of particular strategic value to both the US and France, with both countries having a significant military presence in the West African nation. Over a thousand troops from each country are based there, deployed to help fight the surge in jihadist attacks in the region.

US President Joe Biden's administration sees the country as its best counterterrorism outpost in the unstable Sahel region. France promptly refused to withdraw its military, stating that only "legitimate" authorities were entitled to ask it to.

Abandoning Niger risks not only a surge in jihadist groups but an ever-greater influence by Russia's Wagner mercenary group, which is present in several countries of the Sahel region.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 4th, 2023 at 10:56:12 PM EST
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