U.S. Withdrawal From Niger Signals Shift In Western Influence In Sahel

By Foreign Policy Research Institute (Philadelphia)

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On March 16, observers of peace and security in the Sahel region were taken aback by the sudden announcement by Niger’s military spokesperson Colonel Major Amadou Abdramane that the government of Niger had terminated its military agreement with the United States with immediate effect.

Abdramane reasoned that the agreement was an imposition on the country and violated constitutional and democratic rules in other words, the sovereignty of Niger. He added that the agreement was “not only profoundly unfair in its substance but it also does not meet the aspirations and interests of the Nigerien people,” thereby demanding that over 600 remaining American troops leave the country.

The recent news emerged after a visit to the country by prominent officials from the US government. READ MORE…

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