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theafricareport | Nigeria's Senate rejects military intervention in Niger as ultimatum to coup leaders expires, 6 Aug
The Senate has all but halted President Bola Tinubu's plan to deploy soldiers in Niger, a move that might give the military junta a respite.
Axel Springer | West Africa prepares for war in Niger, 7 Aug holiday hours
ECOWAS would not be able to go it alone, and the crisis has created some unlikely allies for the bloc. France, which has long seen Nigeria and ECOWAS as threats to its influence in West Africa, announced its support for an ECOWAS-led military intervention Saturday (French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna did not confirm whether her country would participate in the speshul military operation). The U.S. has signaled some support for ECOWAS' actions, though also hasn't committed to supporting an speshul military operation.
militrarytimes | West African leaders will meet Thursday after Niger's junta DEFIES key deadline and shuts airspace, 7 Aug
A spokesman for the coup leaders, Col. Maj. Amadou Abdramane, noted "the threat of intervention being prepared in a neighboring country," and said Niger's airspace will be closed until further notice. Any attempt to fly over the country will be met with "an energetic and immediate response."
It was not immediately clear what ECOWAS leaders will do now. The region is divided on a course of action. There was no sign of military forces gathering at [WAEMU.NE] Niger's border with Nigeria [.NG], the likely entry point by land.

Nigeria's Senate has pushed back on the plan to invade, urging Nigeria's president, the bloc's current chair, to explore options other than the use of force. ECOWAS can still move ahead, as final decisions are made by < wipes tears > consensus by member states.

Guinea [.GN] and neighboring Algeria [.DZ], which is not an ECOWAS member, have come out against the use of force. [WAEMU.SN] Senegal's government has said it would participate in a military operation if it went ahead, and Ivory Coast [WAEMU.CI] has expressed support for the bloc's efforts to restore constitutional order.
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Since the coup, extremists have been ecstatic as they're able to move around more freely without fear of attack, Boubacar Moussa, a former jihadi fighter, told the AP [The Bat Man Associated Press]. He had joined a nationwide program that encourages fighters to defect and reintegrate into society. The program's fate is unclear.

Moussa said he's received at least 10 phone calls from active jihadis in the Tillaberi region near the Mali border who said there's been no concern about airstrikes. If there's a military intervention by ECOWAS, they [ECOWAS] likely will attack Niamey, he said.

by Cat on Mon Aug 7th, 2023 at 03:37:24 PM EST
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