U.S. RESUMES COUNTERTERRORISM MISSIONS IN NIGER AFTER COUP

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The U.S. military has recommenced counterterrorism operations in Niger, utilizing air bases in the country. This move comes over a month after a coup temporarily halted such activities. General James Hecker, the top Air Force commander for Europe and Africa, explained that negotiations with the junta paved the way for the resumption of intelligence and surveillance missions.

Following the July coup, approximately 1,100 U.S. forces stationed in Niger were confined to their military bases. Recently, some military personnel and assets were relocated from the air base near Niamey, the capital of Niger, to another in Agadez, a distance of about 920 kilometers. Despite the significant logistical challenges posed by the distance between the bases, both manned and unmanned missions have resumed in the last couple of weeks.

While operations are ongoing, some missions face limitations due to fuel constraints. The extended travel time has an impact on the amount of data that can be collected during the missions. The U.S. has designated Niger as a central regional outpost for extensive patrols involving armed drones and counterterrorism efforts against extremist movements. This strategic placement plays a crucial role in America’s broader counterterrorism endeavors in West Africa.

Over the years, the U.S. has invested substantial resources, including training efforts and financial support, in strengthening Nigerian forces. Tragically, in 2018, an ambush by fighters aligned with the Islamic State group resulted in the loss of four American service members, four Nigeriens, and an interpreter.

The broader West African region has witnessed a surge in extremist attacks; with over 1,800 incidents in the first half of this year, claiming nearly 4,600 lives according to the Economic Community of West African States. Groups like Boko Haram, operating in neighboring Nigeria and Chad, along with the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara and al-Qaida affiliate Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin, present significant threats along Niger’s borders with Mali and Burkina Faso.

 

 

 

 

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