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22 Apr 2024, 12:55 pm

Why the military withdrawal from Niger is a "devastating blow" to the U.S., and likely a win for Russia

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After investing more than $1 billion in Niger over a decade, the U.S. military has agreed to withdraw its more than 1,000 forces from the West African nation over the next few months. It was not a move the U.S. had hoped to make, and officials tell CBS News it will be a severe blow to U.S. counterterrorism efforts in a region known to represent a number of major and growing threats.

Niger is a landlocked country surrounded by some unstable neighbors where local militias have joined forces with international terror organizations including al Qaeda and ISIS.

One senior U.S. military official who's spent time in Niger told CBS News the looming withdrawal was "a devastating blow, both for our regional counterterrorism efforts and to overall peace in the region going forward."

"Our soldiers have worked for years building the capacity and providing training to regional forces," the official said. "This is a tough blow on all levels."

Following a military coup in July 2023, Niger's leaders made it clear in various discussions with U.S. officials that they were not interested in U.S. efforts to help guide the country on a path toward new democratic elections, and were instead turning to Russia for security services and to Iran for a possible deal on Niger's uranium reserves.

In March, the head of the U.S. military's Africa Command, Gen. Michael Langley, warned members of the U.S. Congress that "a number of countries are at the tipping point of being captured by the Russian Federation."

Just days before Langley testified on Capitol Hill, he traveled to Niger to meet with the country's junta leaders. The meeting didn't go as U.S. officials had hoped, and soon after Langley and his entourage departed, Niger military spokesman Amadou Abdramane announced on national television that the country's joint military agreement with the U.S. was "suspended with immediate effect."

S. military sources told CBS News there was a diplomatic push to try to mend the frayed relationship, but that Nigerien officials had made it clear the security cooperation was untenable.

Niger's military government had already expelled French forces from the country in the wake of last year's coup and begun looking for new partners. U.S. officials said it was worrying when the Nigeriens expelled the troops from France, the former colonial power in the country.

Months later, in January, Niger's junta leaders agreed to enhance their military cooperation with Russia and, just last week, a Russian transport plane arrived in the capital Niamey reportedly carrying 100 Russian military trainers and a new air defense system.

It's believed the U.S. has spent more than $1 billion building two drone bases and a new embassy in Niger over about a decade. The Niger bases and the roughly 1,100 U.S. forces based at them have been central to U.S. operations in the volatile Sahel region, which stretches right across northern Africa.

At regular weekend protests in Niamey, Nigeriens have demanded that U.S. soldiers leave immediately, with one poster reading: "US Army, You leave, you Vanish."

Another U.S. delegation is expected to visit Niger soon to discuss a timeline for the withdrawal, which is likely to take place over the coming few months.


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22 Apr 2024, 1:31 pm

Sounds like we are witnessing the fall of another empire.


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22 Apr 2024, 2:26 pm

Resenting the French I understand because they were a French colony. But trading the French for the Americans, and then trading the Americans for the Russians is just swappiong one colonial master for another.

Theyre just gonna find that the Russians are just like the Americans...except that the Russian troops dont have dollars in their pockets to spend on the local economy. So WTF did we do THIS for? :mrgreen:



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22 Apr 2024, 5:36 pm

Part of me really hopes they find out that Russkies are far worst than the Frenchies or Ammmmuuurrriccaans. :jester:


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23 Apr 2024, 3:34 am

RedDeathFlower13 wrote:
Sounds like we are witnessing the fall of another empire.


And the rise of another empire.


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23 Apr 2024, 3:35 am

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Part of me really hopes they find out that Russkies are far worst than the Frenchies or Ammmmuuurrriccaans. :jester:


Because siding with imperialists will only make them like a colony once again, just under a different rule.


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23 Apr 2024, 9:09 am

Yugoslav1945 wrote:
RedDeathFlower13 wrote:
Sounds like we are witnessing the fall of another empire.


And the rise of another empire.


One that will be much worst.


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23 Apr 2024, 9:55 am

RedDeathFlower13 wrote:
Yugoslav1945 wrote:
RedDeathFlower13 wrote:
Sounds like we are witnessing the fall of another empire.


And the rise of another empire.


One that will be much worst.


I don't see what is it with the self-proclaimed "anti-imperialists" who are just anti-American but are hardline pro-Russia, pro-China bootlickers or anti-Russian imperialists but hardline American bootlickers. It's clear that America, Russia, and China are the three empires.


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23 Apr 2024, 10:04 am

Yugoslav1945 wrote:
RedDeathFlower13 wrote:
Yugoslav1945 wrote:
RedDeathFlower13 wrote:
Sounds like we are witnessing the fall of another empire.


And the rise of another empire.


One that will be much worst.


I don't see what is it with the self-proclaimed "anti-imperialists" who are just anti-American but are hardline pro-Russia, pro-China bootlickers or anti-Russian imperialists but hardline American bootlickers. It's clear that America, Russia, and China are the three empires.



The American Eagle, The Russian Bear, and the Chinese Dragon all fighting for control of the world...

Feels very "Game of Thrones" at times. :lol:

(I'll shut up now :oops: )


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23 Apr 2024, 10:13 am

RedDeathFlower13 wrote:
Yugoslav1945 wrote:
RedDeathFlower13 wrote:
Yugoslav1945 wrote:
RedDeathFlower13 wrote:
Sounds like we are witnessing the fall of another empire.


And the rise of another empire.


One that will be much worst.


I don't see what is it with the self-proclaimed "anti-imperialists" who are just anti-American but are hardline pro-Russia, pro-China bootlickers or anti-Russian imperialists but hardline American bootlickers. It's clear that America, Russia, and China are the three empires.



The American Eagle, The Russian Bear, and the Chinese Dragon all fighting for control of the world...

Feels very "Game of Thrones" at times. :lol:

(I'll shut up now :oops: )


Hehe. But for me, the America, Russia, and China thing is more like the 1984 novel because we can also connect America, Russia, and China as Oceania, Eurasia, and Eastasia. They're also imperialist nations too and also fight for control of the world.


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