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US Forces to Withdraw from Niger by September 15

Niger and US Agree on Troop Withdrawal by Mid-September

In a new development, the United States and Niger have reached an agreement that will see American troops withdraw from the West African nation by September 15.

This move marks a shift in the regional dynamics, as Niger has been a crucial base for US operations against jihadist groups in the Sahel region.

The joint statement released on Sunday acknowledged the sacrifices made by both Nigerien and US forces in the fight against terrorism, while also emphasizing the commitment to ongoing diplomatic dialogue to define the future of their bilateral relations.

American Troops to Depart Niger by September 15

The withdrawal of US troops from Niger is a result of the tensions that have been building between the two countries since the military junta seized power last year.

The junta has already ordered French troops to leave, and has been moving closer to Russia, with Russian military instructors arriving in Niger last month. The US has relied heavily on Niger as its primary base for monitoring regional jihadist activity, with over 1,000 troops stationed at the Agadez base.

The US-built base, which was established six years ago, has played a key role in the US strategy to combat jihadists in West Africa.

However, with Niger distancing itself from the West and drawing closer to Russia, the US has been forced to re-evaluate its presence in the region. The withdrawal of US troops from Niger is the second such move by a Western power, following France’s expulsion from the country last year.

As Niger continues to assert its independence and seek stronger regional alliances, it has quit regional bodies such as Ecowas and the G5 Sahel force, and launched its own defence pact called the Alliance of Sahel States.

This move has implications for regional security and the fight against terrorism, as the US and other Western powers will need to adapt to the new reality on the ground.

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