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F24 | France denies violating Niger's airspace, 9 Aug

• 6:39pm: 'Fast-moving' official denials
"The junta in Niger has today put out a statement accusing France of several things: of having a plan to destabilise Niger, of breaching its airspace by flying in a military plane from Chad and of releasing and supporting terrorists in the country as well as attacking a guard post," F24 reporter said.

yahoo! AFP | Niger coup leaders take aim at France on eve of key summit
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France firmly denies the new unfounded accusations by the putschists in Niger," said a joint statement by the French defence and foreign ministries. They also rejected the claim that France, which has around 1,500 soldiers stationed in Niger to aid anti-insurgency efforts, had released any jihadist prisoners. It added that the flight had been approved and coordinated with Nigerian armed forces, "an authorisation confirmed in writing".

Thursday's summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) takes place under the chairmanship of Nigeria, the regional superpower and advocate of a hard line against the coup.
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Citing a source close to the French government,  Norris-Trent said Paris had "firmly denied" the allegations, saying "they had flown a plane in but that was in agreement with the Nigerien army and categorically denied having released any terrorists." (VIDEO)
sputnik  | Niger Military Raise Threat Level, Blame France for Attack on National Guard
"The National Council for the Safeguard of the Fatherland informs the local and international community about the events of extreme seriousness that are taking place in Niger, about the facts of the behavior of the French forces on our territory ...Today, August 9, 2023 at 6.30 am [5:30 am GMT], the positions of the Niger National Guard... were attacked ...The actions of the French forces were condemned for unilaterally releasing detained terrorists," Amadou Adramane, the Nigerien military's spokesman, said. "On August 9, a military aircraft of French troops took off from N'Djamena [Chad]... This aircraft deliberately stopped all contact with air control after entering our airspace".
• 3:01pm: Bazoum family experiences ECOWAS sanctions
his family are running out of food and experiencing other shocking conditions, a statement issued by Bazoum's political party stated Wednesday. No electricity and running water for a week, and only has dried and canned foods left to eat. An advisor told the Associated Press, Bazoum remains in good health.

• 12:18pm: Nepo central
Idrissa Kané is general manager of Niger's Post Office and involved in a case of alleged misappropriation of public funds being handled by the Niger's anti-corruption body, Halcia.

It is unclear whether he was taken into custody due to this case or to his mother, Ambassador Aïchatou Boulama Kané, defiant attitude towards Niger's new military leaders. She has remained in her post despite a declaration from the coup leaders on Thursday that it was "terminating" employment of Bazoum's ambassadors to France, the United States, Nigeria, and Togo.

by Cat on Wed Aug 9th, 2023 at 11:04:52 PM EST
Journalism from the French empire is so damn poor, writing in the style and short-sightedness of the colonial era. The arrogance of America and Europe transcends all. The damage of removing Gaddafi is seen every day since as has the attempted regime change by Neocon doctrine ofAssad in Syria. Indeed, together with Russian forces Syria has experience some form of "peace", but nothing like the situation before  February 2011 uprising.

Highlighted the complete bull, so poor it should be ranked as fake news and disinformation or propaganda.

Niger coup leaders take aim at France | France24/AFP |

It is the fifth coup in Niger's history since independence from France in 1960 -- and the fourth in the ranks of the 15-nation ECOWAS since 2020.

Bazoum's election in 2021 had helped Niger to cement close ties with France and the United States, which have major bases and troop deployments in the country.

- Sahel crisis -

Countries in the fragile Sahel are battling with a  jihadist insurgency that erupted in northern Mali in 2012, spread to Niger and Burkina Faso in 2015 and now is causing jitters in states on the Gulf of Guinea.

The bloody campaign has been devastating for those three countries, which have a long history of turbulence and are among the poorest nations in the world.

Mali and Burkina Faso have also seen coups in recent years and fallen out with France, the region's former colonial power and its traditional ally.

France last year withdrew its forces from those countries and refocussed its anti-jihadist strategy on Niger.

Niger coup makers: Ousted gov't 'authorised French attack to free Bazoum' | Al Jazeera - 31 July 2023 |

My own research, understanding and diaries written have been spot on since the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime by U.S. and NATO intervention in March 2011.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 10th, 2023 at 05:34:34 AM EST
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Violent Extremism in the Sahel | Global Conflict Tracker CFR - updated |

Spanning the area from Senegal to Eritrea, situated between the Sahara to the north and the African tropics to the south, the Sahel region has long faced severe, complex security and humanitarian crises. Since gaining independence in the 1960s, many countries in the Sahel have experienced violent extremism due to the confluence of weak and illegitimate governance, economic decline, and the worsening effects of climate change. Violence, conflict, and crime have surged over the last decade, transcending national borders and posing significant challenges to countries both in and outside the region. The epicenters of violence and humanitarian disaster are in the Liptako-Gourma and Lake Chad Basin subregions. 

Liptako-Gourma is in the central Sahel, in the borderlands of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger. Current instability is associated with the collapse of the Libyan state in 2011 [exactly - Oui], which led to the  proliferation of weapons and armed fighters in the region. The influx of extremists into northern Mali reignited the dormant Tuareg rebellion [PDF] in 2012, which had previously surfaced in 1963, 1990, and 2006. Representing only 10 percent of the Malian population, the Tuareg people, organized under the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), sought an autonomous state and aligned themselves with multiple Islamist groups, including al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), and Ansar Dine to push government forces out of the north. Then-President Amadou Toumani Touré was deposed in a March 2012 coup by the army, which disapproved of the government's failure to suppress the rebellion.

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AQIM began as an outgrowth of the Algerian civil war. The group, formed in 1998 as the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), rejected the more violent and exclusivist tendencies of the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) and particularly sought to focus instead on attacks against military and government targets.

US Special Forces backed by White House policy have been entrenched since 2004 in the Sahel from cost to coast as the Bush-Cheney War on Terror.

Violence begets more violence ... same for proxy war in Ukraine. World in turmoil ... almost feels like a slow smoldering fire of an impending WW III. Losing the real battle against the effects of Global Warming, as prophesied.

Latest story from AFP ... update headline 😊

Diplomacy centre stage on eve of West Africa summit on Niger | RFI |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 10th, 2023 at 05:37:29 AM EST
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lasahel.org | Communiqué No. 25 of the National Council for the Safeguarding of the Fatherland,
10 Aug trrsts apprehended in June-July, ahem, besides "French forces on our territory"
by Cat on Thu Aug 10th, 2023 at 11:41:52 PM EST
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4:40pm: Detained Niger President Bazoum seen by doctor, according to his entourage, 12 Aug
Mohamed Bazoum, who has been detained since being ousted by members of his guard last month [26.07.23], was seen by his doctor Saturday, his entourage said, amid [US Stalkers Blinken, Nuland] rising concerns for his health.

The president "had a visit by his doctor today", a member of his entourage told AFP, adding the physician also brought food for Bazoum, his wife, and son who are being held with him.

"He's fine, given the situation," the source added.

Meanwhile...
aljazeera | Sanctions, airspace closures hamper UN (08.08.23)
"Louise Aubin said flights operated within Niger by the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) had been disrupted but not suspended by the coup leaders' decision to close its airspace in response to the [ECOWAS]'s threat of possible military intervention."
reliefweb.int | Preliminary Analysis on the Impacts of the Political Crisis and Sanctions on Food Security and Markets in Nige (10.08.23)
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dailytrust | [ECOWAS] Sanction: Shortage Of Cooking Ingredient Hit Ghana (11.08.23)
"Traders in Ghana have expressed fear that the economic blockade of Niger Republic by ECOWAS will have negative effects on businesses in their country."

by Cat on Tue Aug 15th, 2023 at 12:26:19 AM EST
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