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I was looking for S. Sigh's Wednesday seminar on depleted uranium gifts for Ukraine to confirm RT excerpts relayed from CNN.

COME TO FIND, the ladies' press gaggle latched onto surpetitious Pentagon movements in Niger—departing "non-essential personnel" and equipment out of Niamey under the radar; "re-positioning" of an unspecified number of troops from AB 101 to AB 201, Agadez, NE; DOD emphasis on AFRICOM "force posture" status quo is unrelated ("no tie") to French MOD .

defense | Pentagon Press Secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder Holds a Press Briefing, 5 Sep

[...Maui and Florida search & recovery ops, Indonesia excersises...]
Q: Hi. Thanks for doing this. Two topics for you; first one, the visit -- the visit between Russia and North Korea. How can concerned is the Pentagon that this could add to deadly munitions to Russia in its war against Ukraine? And have you to the—to date been able to track how many weapons North Korea has been able to supply?

And then second topic on Niger. Several media outlets are reporting that the French government is in talks to possibly withdraw troops from Niger. Is the Pentagon also in similar talks with the Niger government on the same?
RYDER: Yeah, thanks, Tara.

As far as Niger goes, I don't have any new announcements to make. Again, we remain focused on a diplomatic solution. There's been no change in U.S. force posture in Niger. But again, as updates become available, we'll certainly let you know.
TARA: When you say no change in force posture, does that mean that U.S. forces have remained on base and are not venturing out, no training missions?
RYDER: They're currently -- again, training missions have been paused, and so again, nothing new to provide from the podium here.

Jennifer?

JENNIFER: General Ryder, if the French pull out, will the U.S. pull out?

RYDER: Again, I don't want to get into hypotheticals or speculate. Broadly speaking, the U.S. government remains focused on a diplomatic solution right now.
JENNIFER: And what is the state of the Wagner forces in Africa and elsewhere post-Prigozhin? And what can you tell us about the recruiting efforts, the alleged recruiting efforts in Cuba? What are you seeing? What do you know? Have any of those Cuban recruits showed up in Ukraine?
RYDER: Yeah, thanks, Jennifer. I don't have any information to provide as it pertains to Cuba. I would say largely speaking, as you've heard us say before, Wagner has been im—significantly impacted negatively in terms of their broad organization, and—and their efforts in Africa, while they do continue to maintain a presence in Africa, what the— what they will be able to accomplish or how their operations will be affected over the long term is —is something we're continuing to keep an eye on.
JENNIFER: And who's the head of Wagner now?
RYDER: Again, I'd have to refer you to Wagner to talk about their head.

Carla?

CARLA: Just one follow on Niger. So how concerning is it to the Pentagon that the French are in talks on pulling out? And can you just explain to us how much the French contribute to the counter-terror war that the U.S. is also a part of in West Africa?
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C-SPAN | Defense Department Briefing, 7 Sep DOD "readiness" housekeeping, "presense", personnel and contractors "levels"
"Deputy Defense Department Spokesperson Sabrina Singh [of GAAP historical cost adjustment fame] briefs reporters on the ongoing response to the Maui wildfires, U.S. military assistance for the war in Ukraine, [Austin "tri-lateral call" with JP Hamada Yasukazu and KR Lee Jong-sup,] and U.S. force posture in Niger after pulling non-essential personnel."
by Cat on Thu Sep 7th, 2023 at 08:06:48 PM EST
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