The United States is considering scenarios for reconsidering its military presence in Niger
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The United States is considering scenarios for reconsidering its military presence in Niger

For now, the United States Department of Defense is simply saying ” development of precautionary plans “. The commander of the US Air Force in Africa, General James Hecker, also reminds that the Biden administration has not yet made a decision on this topic. And he does not foresee changes for weeks, or even more.

But according to the US authorities, several scenarios have been envisaged. So they are working on a smooth start which could take some time. Another possibility: a sudden departure under the pressure of the junta, where only the most sensitive elements would be taken away.

Two American bases

For the United States, Niger represents a strong ally in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel. The two main US bases in the area are indeed in the capital Niamey and Agadez.

Finally, when asked about possible redeployment countries in the event of a withdrawal from Niger, General James Hecker did not elaborate. ” We have only just begun to consider the options “, he explains before elaborating” we know where we would like to move our bases, but it will be more up to diplomacy to work »…

It is diplomacy that is still preferred to resolve the crisis caused by the July 26 coup in Niger. The proof of that is the new delegation ECOWAS arrived in Niamey on Saturday 19 August who met several figures of the regime that overthrew Mohamed Bazum. But at the same time, the West African organization it also decided on Friday on the modalities of a possible military intervention at a meeting of his chiefs of staff in Ghana.

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